Sick pay (first 14 days of sick leave)
During the first 14 days of illness, your reimbursement is paid by the university – this is called sick pay. Sick pay amounts to 80 percent of your ordinary salary.
A qualifying period deduction is made, which reduces sick pay by 20 percent of the weekly compensation at the beginning of a period of sick leave.
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Coronavirus/covid-19 – applicable regulations from the Social Insurance Agency
Sickness benefit (sick leave longer than 14 days)
From your 15th day of illness, you will not receive sick pay from Umeå University but instead you need to apply for sickness benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
However, Umeå University pays a small compensation corresponding to 10 percent of your salary from the fifteenth to the 365th day of your sick leave.
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What compensation do I receive when I am ill?
Salary deduction based upon period of absence from work
Sick pay, 80 percent of regular salary
(Qualifying period 3,68% of salary in question.)
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.
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.
How to apply for sickness benefit
When you have been ill for 14 days, Umeå University will send a report about your sick leave 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.
To approve your application for sickness benefit, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency needs a medical certificate from the 15th day of illness.
Read more about sickness benefit on the Social Insurance Agency webpage: Sickness benefit for employees
If you fall ill again
If you become ill again within five calendar days from the end of your previous period of illness, days with sick pay in the various periods are added together.
Holiday pay calculation for sick leave
If you are on full-time sick leave for more than 4 weeks, you can earn a holiday for a maximum of 180 sick days. After the 180 days, you only earn holidays during the days you may be working.
Rules for qualifying deduction
In the event of sick leave, the employer makes a so-called qualifying period deduction which reduces the average weekly compensation in the form of sick pay by 20 percent. For the vast majority of employees, the qualifying period deduction corresponds to one working day.
Rules for qualifying deduction in the event of returning sick leave
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.