Coronavirus – extended sickness benefits for employees at special risk

The Parliament recently passed a new bill extending the period of sickness benefits for employees at special risk in the event of infection with Covid-19 and relatives of persons who are at increased risk.

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We have previously described the bill that gave employees at increased risk of a serious course of illness in the event of infection with Covid-19 the right to receive sickness benefits if a number of conditions are met. Our article on the temporary scheme, which ran until 31 August 2020, can be read here. The Parliament has now passed a new bill which, among other things, extends this scheme until 31 December 2020.

With the adoption of the bill, both the covered employees’ right to sickness benefits and the employers' right to sickness benefit reimbursement, if the employer pays salary to the covered employees, have been extended until 31 December 2020. Back payment of sickness benefits and sickness benefit reimbursement for the period 1 September 2020 and until the entry into force of the Act can therefore be made. It appears from the comments on the bill that employees who are already covered by the temporary scheme will not have to reapply for sickness benefits for the extended period.

In addition, it has been decided that employees who are covered by the temporary scheme, but who become ill and therefore transfer to the general sickness benefit rules, will be entitled to sickness benefits, regardless of whether they have reached the point in time when their entitlement would be reassessed.

An executive order on 5 August 2020 also provided for the possibility that employees covered by the temporary scheme are entitled to receive sickness benefits at the same time as taking part in training subject to agreement with their employer. It appears from the comments on the bill that this option will also be extended until 31 December 2020.

The content of the above is not, and should not be a substitute for legal advice.

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