One of the two main statutory social security bodies, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has announced Sickness Benefits in the form of cash compensation for employees.
The sickness benefits are provided in the form of periodic cash payments that can be provided under the ESI scheme to an employee covered under ESI during the period of certified sickness, requiring medical treatment and abstention from work on medical grounds.
The Sickness benefit is provided at 70% of the average daily wages that can be paid under the scheme for 91 days during 2 consecutive benefit periods.
ESIC shared a tweet from its official Twitter Handle saying, “Sickness Benefit in the form of cash compensation at the rate of 70 percent of wages is payable to insured workers during the periods of certified sickness for a maximum of 91 days in a year.”
Sickness Benefit in the form of cash compensation at the rate of 70 per cent of wages is payable to insured workers during the periods of certified sickness for a maximum of 91 days in a year. pic.twitter.com/s3gWyEDQwi— ESIC – स्वस्थ कार्यबल-समृद्ध भारत (@esichq) January 3, 2023
Extended Sickness Benefit: This benefit is provided to an I.P. for any of the 34 listed specific long-term diseases, like TB, Cancer, and other malignant diseases requiring prolonged treatment.
The rate of Extended Sickness Benefit works out to about 80% of the average wages at the maximum, which is initially payable for a period of 124 days. This can be extended to two years on medical advice.
Enhanced Sickness Benefit: This benefit is equal to full wages and is payable to the insured persons undergoing sterilization for 7 days/14 days for male and female workers respectively.
To know more details you can visit the ESIC official website. The Employees’ State Insurance Scheme is an integrated measure of Social Insurance embodied in the Employees’ State Insurance Act and it is designed to accomplish the task of protecting ’employees’ as defined in the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948.
ESIC protects employees against sickness, maternity, disablement, and death as a result of a work-related injury, as well as provides medical care to insured employees and their families.