Medical certificate requirement during sick pay period to be suspended

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The Government is proposing to temporarily suspend the medical certificate requirement from the eighth calendar day of a sick pay period.

“The Government is prepared to take the measures necessary to reduce the pressure on health and medical care services and to stop the spread of infection in society. The Government expects that temporarily suspending the requirement of a medical certificate during the sick pay period is a measure that will do exactly that,” says Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi.

At present, to be entitled to sick pay an employee is required to submit a medical certificate from the eighth calendar day of a sick pay period. Reduced working capacity is then verified by means of a certificate from a doctor or dentist. In the event of an outbreak of a disease that poses an extensive threat to public health, the Government considers there is cause to temporarily suspend the requirement of a medical certificate so as to reduce the burden on health and medical care services.

The Government will shortly present a legislative proposal for the Riksdag to consider.

The proposal is a policy agreement reached between the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Swedish Green Party.

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