As an employer, you can read here about what applies in the event of sickness absence and what responsibilities you have.
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.
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.
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.
Brief descriptions of common terminology if one gets sick.
Sick pay - The compensation you as an employee receive from your employer in the first 14 days of your sickness period.
Sickness benefits - Compensation from Försäkringskassan when you cannot work due to illness. Can be paid out at a normal level or continuation level.
Sickness benefits at normal level - can be paid out for a maximum of 364 days and corresponds to around 80 per cent of the sickness benefit qualifying income.
Sickness benefits at continuation level - can be paid out for a maximum of 550 days and corresponds to around 75 per cent of the sickness benefit qualifying income. Previously called extended sickness benefits.
More days with sickness benefits at continuation level - may in some cases be granted after 550 days and correspond to around 75 per cent of the sickness benefit qualifying income. Previously called extended sickness benefits in some cases.
More days with sickness benefits at normal level - may in some cases be granted after 364 days and correspond to around 80 per cent of the sickness benefit qualifying income. Previously called continued sickness benefits.
Sickness compensation - Compensation from Försäkringskassan when you will not regain your working capacity.
Sickness period - The entire time you cannot work or can work less than usual due to illness.
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.