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120-sick-day rule for civil servants

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The cabinet has approved a draft regulation asking civil servants who take sick leave totalling more than 120 working days in a fiscal year to retire early. 

The regulation, submitted by the Office of the Civil Service Commission, would allow heads of government agencies to ask their subordinates who take sick leave exceeding 120 working days in a fiscal year, or more than 60 days each year for two consecutive years, to leave government service with a lump-sum pension payment, deputy government spokesman Pakdihans Himathongkham said.

Civil servants with serious mental problems that could be harmful to other people would be sent for treatment at public hospitals. If it was found that those officials had to be treated for more than 120 days, they would be ordered to leave government service and get a lump-sum pension, Mr Pakdihans said.

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