Thailand labour law says that employees are entitled to unlimited sick leave but the number of paid sick days is only up to 30 regular workdays per year. The employer can ask an employee to produce a certificate from a qualified doctor for a sick leave of three days or more. What happens if an employee skips work too much for 1 or 2 days at a time? As an employer, you have no choice but to pay the employee for all the days that he does not come to work saying that he is sick. You can only require him to show you a certificate from a doctor only if he has not come to work 3 days in a row and the certificate has to say that the doctor wanted him to take 3 (or more) days off. If he does not show you the certificate, you can fire him as this is a legal ground for letting an employee go and the employee cannot demand a severance pay.
If an employee skips work too often for 1 or 2 days at a time, and if you want to let him go, he is entitled to a severance pay. As an employer in Thailand, you should be careful when you want to fire someone. Please make sure you understand the steps to do it right. Read this article for termination of employment.
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