Reimbursements during sick leave

When you are on sick leave, reimbursements are being paid from the university or from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). This page explains what salary payments you will receive at different stages of a period of sick leave, and what actions you need to take in order to get the reimbursements you are entitled to.

This page has been updated in September 2020 based on the temporary rules, routines and recommendations that have been introduced by the Swedish Government because of the current coronavirus/covid-19 situation.

Sick pay (first 14 days of sick leave)

For the first 14 days of your illness, your reimbursement is paid from the University – this is called sick pay. Sick pay amounts to 80 percent of your ordinary salary.

Qualifying deduction – temporary rules until 31 December 2020

In normal circumstances, a qualifying deduction representing 20% of an average weekly salary will be deducted from your sick pay.

Because of the coronavirus/covid-19 situation, The Swedish government has declared  inantention to suspend the deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period due to the coronavirus/covid-19.

This means that all employees on sick leave will be reimbursed with 80 percent of the ordinary salary from day one of the sick leave period.

Please note that employees will need to apply retroactively to the Social Insurance Agency in order for this extra payment to be made.

The university will continue to make the qualifying deduction from the salary payment.

However, the Social Insurance Agency are still working on the implementation of the government proposal. This page will be updated when the Social Insurance Agency is ready to accept applications for the extra payment.

Regular rules for qualifying deduction (suspended until 31 December 2020)

From 1 January 2019, a qualifying deduction (Sw. karensavdrag) replaced the former qualifying day (Sw. karensdag). This means that your sick pay is calculated based upon your total period of being on sick pay.

Then a qualifying deduction representing 20% of an average weekly salary will be deducted from the sick pay. In reality, this deduction equals the former qualifying day for the majority of people.

Sickness benefit (sick leave longer than 14 days)

From the 15th day of being on sick leave, you will not receive sick pay from the university. Instead, you need to apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency).

Umeå University will continue to pay you a smaller sum that equals to 10 percent of your regular salary.

Applying to the Social Insurance Agency for your sickness benefit

Once you have been sick for 14 days, Umeå University will report your sickness to the Social Insurance Agency.

You can check whether you employer has submitted a sickness report via My pages (Mina sidor) on the Social Insurance Agency Website.

If you are sick for 21 days or more, the Social Insurance Agency also needs you to send in a doctor's certificate with information about your illness or injury.

Read more about sickness benefit on the Social Insurance Agency webpage: Sickness benefit for employees .

Returning sick-leave

If you fall back ill within five calendar days of the end of your previous sick-leave period, your days with sick pay will be added together.

Regular rules for qualifying deduction in the event of returning sick leave (suspended until 31 December 2020)

If a full qualifying deduction was taken from the previous sick-leave period, no further qualifying deduction should be made for the new period. If no full qualifying deduction was taken from the previous sick-leave period, a qualifying deduction should be made for the new period until a full qualifying deduction has been made.

Holiday pay calculation

If you are on full-time sick-leave for over 4 weeks, you can only build up holiday for a maximum of 180 sick-leave days. After those 180 days, you will only build up holiday for the days that you actually work.

Sick-leave payments

Day 1–14

Salary deduction based upon period of absence from work
Sick pay, 80 percent of regular salary
(Suspended until 31 December 2020: Qualifying period 3,68% of salary in question.)

Day 15–364

Sickness benefit from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). This under the condition that you have applied for and been approved sickness benefit by Social Insurance Agency
+10 percent of your salary is paid by the university.

Day 365–913

A somewhat lower level of sickness benefit from the Social Insurance Agency. This under the condition that you have applied for and been approved sickness benefit by the Social Insurance Agency.

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9/8/2020