Sick Leave

This page was last updated on: 2021-01-20


In accordance with Employment and Labour Relation Act 2004, every worker certified by a medical practitioner is entitled to paid sick leave (sickness benefit) for a period of 126 days in a leave cycle of 36 months. The worker must have been employed with the same employer for at least six months in the 12 months before the sickness began or be employed on a seasonal basis by the same employer.

Full wages are paid for the first 63 days of sick leave and half of the wages are paid for the remaining 63 days.

Source: §32 of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004; ISSA Country Profile Tanzania, 2017

Medical Care

Medical benefits are available for insured workers and these include preventive and curative care,  medicine, clinical pathology and x-rays, laboratory tests, hospitalization, minor and major surgery. These benefits are limited to the medical services provided by doctors, nurses and other medical providers in authorized hospitals.

Source: §42 of the National Social Security Fund Act 1997, §52 of the Social Security Laws (Amendments) Act 2012

Job Security

In accordance with the section 102 of Occupational Health and Safety Act 2003, an employer may not dismiss a worker during his/her period of sickness and occupational disease. If a worker is unable to work due to bad health condition, his/her employer may terminate his contract in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Security of Employment Act, 1964.

Source: §102 of Occupational Health and Safety Act 2003; Security of Employment Act 1964

Regulations on Sick Leave

  • Employment and Labour Relations Act, No. 6 of 2004 / Sheria ya Ajira na Mahusiano Kazini Sehemu ya 6 ya 2004
  • National Social Security Fund Act, 1997 / Sheria ya Mfuko wa Hifandhi ya Taifa ya Jamii (NSSF) Mwaka, 1997

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