In accordance with the terms of the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023, civil servants may avail of up to 5 days of unpaid leave for medical care purposes in any 12 consecutive months. This leave can be taken as individual days or a block/blocks of days. An absence for part of a day is counted as one day.
While the Act does not confer an entitlement to remuneration and superannuation benefits, an officer on leave for medical care purposes is deemed to be in employment. The absence will therefore count as service for promotion, increments and annual leave.
This entitlement is in addition to existing statutory entitlements to carer’s leave, and force majeure leave and non-statutory entitlement to family illness leave which is provided under Circular 05/2010.