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Sickness absence

As an employer, you can read here about what applies in the event of sickness absence and what responsibilities you have.

Sick pay

As an employer, you are obliged to pay sick pay to employees who cannot work due to illness. You pay sick pa in the first 14 days. The employee's right to sick pay applies as of the first day of employment.

Written assurance

The employee shall submit a written assurance to you regarding the extent to which he or she has not been able to work due to the illness. The assurance does not need to contain information on a diagnosis. Some collective agreements may, however, have rules requiring the assurance to include information on a diagnosis.

The employee shall send doctor's certificate

As of the 8th sick day, the employee must submit a doctor's certificate/statement to you that confirms that the working capacity is diminished. It suffices if you receive a copy of the doctor's certificate.

The employee is him or herself responsible for sending the doctor's certificate to Försäkringskassan. The certificate shall be sent as an original to Försäkringskassan's data entry centre, SE-839 88 Östersund.

The employer reports to Försäkringskassan

When an employee has been sick for more than 14 days, you are obliged to report the employee sick to Försäkringskassan (no later than the 21st sick day). Read more about Sickness reporting - Employers, a link is further down on this page.

More information on doctor's certificates for employers.

Report sickness absence

In the Employer Service, you can report sickness absence for your employees. The report shall be submitted within seven days after the end of the sick pay period, i.e. during sick day 15-21. Submitting a report without login is the fastest and easiest way, but you can also file a report by logging in with an electronic ID or password.

Here, you can find our self-help options and more information on the sickness report.

Professional secrecy

As an employer, you are bound by professional secrecy with regard to information about your employees' health status or personal circumstances otherwise, which comes forth in connection with the handling of sick pay and rehabilitation.

The professional secrecy applies to everyone that handles issues concerning the right to sick pay for the employees or participates in adaptation and rehabilitation activities.

If you are an employer in need of advice call Försäkringskassan on 0771-17 90 00. Read more!