If you or an employee gets sick or infected

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This page contains information on what to do if you have employees or if you run a business and become sick from, or infected by, the coronavirus.

The information on this page is divided in the following way:

  1. Compensation for the qualifying period
  2. Compensation for the cost of sick pay (limited company)
  3. Deferred requirement for doctor’s certificates
  4. Doctor’s certificate for carrier allowance 
  5. If you are infected, but not sick 
  6. Compensation if you belong to a high-risk group

Compensation for the qualifying period

The government has decided to temporarily suspend the deduction from sick pay for the qualifying period from 11 March 2020 to 30 September 2021.

The qualifying period for employers - Swedish Social Insurance Agency
The qualifying period if you are self-employed - Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Compensation for the cost of sick pay (limited company)

The government has introduced temporary rules for sick pay costs. This means that all employers receive compensation for the entire sick pay cost that they report in the employer declaration. This applies to the months of April, May, June and July 2020. For August 2020 through September 2021, a different calculation applies. The cost of sick pay is reimbursed according to different percentages depending on how high the employer's costs were. The employer must pay sick pay to its employees as usual. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency then compensates the employer via the tax account.

Medical certificates for employers - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish)
Sick pay costs if you are self-employed - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish)
Compensation for the sick pay costs - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish)

Deferred requirement for doctor’s certificate

If your first day of illness is 15 December 2020 or later, a doctor's certificate  is required from day 22  of the period of illness when you apply for sickness benefit. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency*s decision applies to 30 September 2021.

Doctor's certificates for employers - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish) 
Doctor's certificates if you are self-employed - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish) 

Doctor’s certificate for carrier allowance 

The requirement for a doctor’s certificate when applying for a carrier's allowance is temporarily removed from 6 February 2021. To be entitled to the compensation, a doctor must still have decided on suspension, i.e. that you cannot go to the workplace because you are, or can be, infected.

Abolished requirement for doctor's certificate for carrier allowance - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish)

If you are infected, but not sick 

You can apply for carrier allowance if you have been suspended from work by a doctor, i.e. have been instructed that you may not go to work because you are, or may be, infected with a disease that is classified as dangerous to public health and society. COVID-19 is considered such a disease.

You can also apply for carrier allowance if you have been suspended from work because you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Carrier allowance - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish) 

Compensation if you belong to a high-risk group

If you belong to a high-risk group for COVID-19 and must refrain from working in order to not risk being infected at work, you can apply for compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. The compensation is paid with a standard amount of a maximum of SEK 810 before tax per day during the period 1 January to 30 September 2021.

Collected information about the coronavirus - Swedish Social Insurance Agency (in Swedish)

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