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Sickness benefit standard deduction temporarily discontinued


(New version) Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Government has announced that the sickness benefit standard deduction will temporarily be abolished in that the central government will pay sickness benefit for the first day of sickness. The ultimate aim of this measure is to reduce the spread of infection in society. The new regulation is in effect from 11 March until 11 May 2020.

“To reduce the risk of spreading infection, it is important that those who are sick do not go to work. In the current situation, it is reasonable for central government to take financial responsibility for the first day of sickness to help individuals,” says Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi.

This measure means that an employee can apply for central government reimbursement for the first day of sickness after the fact. The application is made retroactively to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. The employer deducts the standard deduction as normal.

Self-employed persons will also receive compensation for a qualifying day. The full details of this proposal will be made clear in the additional amending budget that the Government will adopt in the near future.

This is a policy agreement reached between the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Swedish Green Party.

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Correction 6th of April

A previous version of this press release mentioned the ‘sickness benefit qualifying day’ for employees. This has been corrected to ‘sickness benefit standard deduction’.