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Sickness Benefit represents periodical cash payments made
to an IP during the period of certified sickness occurring in a benefit
period when IP requires medical treatment and attendance with abstention
from work on medical grounds. Prescribed certificates are; Forms 8,9,10,11 &
ESIC-Med.13. Sickness benefit is roughly 50% of the average daily wages and
is payable for 91 days during 2 consecutive benefit periods.
(i)To become eligible to Sickness Benefit, an IP should
have paid contribution for not less than 78 days during the corresponding
(ii)A person who has entered into insurable employment
for the first time has to wait for nearly 9 months before becoming eligible
to sickness benefit, because his corresponding benefit period starts only
after that interval.
(iii)Sickness Benefit is not payable for the first two
days of a spell of sickness except in case of a spell commencing within 15
days of closure of earlier spell for which sickness benefit was last paid.
This period of 2 days is called "waiting period". This provision should be
clearly understood by IMOs/IMPs as actual experience shows that such of IPs
who want to avail medical leave on flimsy grounds generally come for First
Certificate/First & Final Certificate within 15 days of earlier spell,
usually on unpaid holidays and/or on each weekly off etc, to avoid loss of
benefit for 2 days due to fresh waiting period.
Extended Sickness Benefit
Enhanced Sickness Benefit