Medical certificate and qualifying deduction – back to regular rules

27 September 2021

From 1 October 2021, several temporary rules and reimbursements that the Swedish Government introduced during the pandemic will now be removed. This affects the requirement to show a medical certificate when absent due to sickness and the qualifying deduction from sick pay that now return to regular rules.

Requirement to show medical certificate

From 1 October, the Government has removed the exception that has applied regarding medical certificates during the pandemic. This means that employees need to show a medical certificate to their employers on day eight of their sick pay period and to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) on day fifteen when the employee applies for sickness allowance.

Qualifying deduction reinstated

When an employee is absent due to sickness in Sweden, the first day of sickness is a so-called qualifying period for which the employee receives no salary. During the pandemic, employees have been able to apply for compensation for the qualifying period from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). However, for sick leave from 1 October and onwards, this compensation will no longer be granted. This means that the salary deduction made for the qualifying period is reinstated according to regular rules. It is still possible to apply for compensation for days of sick leave that took place on 30 September and earlier.

More information

Learn about sick leave and medical certificate (Aurora)
Learn about reimbursements during sick leave and qualifying deduction (Aurora)
Read about the Government decision to remove measures (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency)

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