Entrusted property and sickness leave

One of our Clients asked us whether he can demand return of entrusted property from an employee who is on long-term sick leave.

Company’s property is owned by an employer, who entrusts it to an employee in order to perform his/her duties. In principle, an employee has a duty to return such entrusted property after employer’s demand. For the purpose of facilitate exercising the right of demand to return entrusted property, this right should be clearly regulated in the employment contract or in the employer’s internal policies. 

In the case when an employee is ill, an employer should be careful to not violate rules of his/her medical sick leave. An employer or other authorized person should collect entrusted property from ill employee at the agreed with him/her date and place.

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