What happens if you get sick or infected?

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This page contains information on what to do 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 June 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 that apply until 30 June. The government will fully cover employer' sick pay costs from April, May, June and July 2020. For the period of August 2020 to February 2021, a different calculation applies based on the costs you have had.

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

The deferred requirement for doctor’s certificates from the 8th to the 15th day of the sick period has been extended to 30 June 2021. In addition, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency has decided that no medical certificate is required until day 22 when applying for sickness benefit. The decision applies to 30 June 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 to 30 June 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 June 2021.

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

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