Sickness benefit for job seekers
Sickness benefit is money you can receive if you are unable to search for or take a job due to illness.
Am I eligible for sickness benefit?
You are eligible for sickness benefit if you:
- cannot search for or take a job because you are sick. You must be sick at least one-fourth of the time that you would have otherwise been searching for a job.
- are registered as a job seeker at the Public Employment Service. There is an exception to this rule. If you stopped working less than 3 months ago, you can receive sickness benefit even if you are not registered as a job seeker at the Public Employment Service. However, you receive no sickness benefit the first 14 days.
- are insured in Sweden. You are insured in Sweden if your last job was here. You may have worked in another country and still be insured in Sweden. There are also situations in which you may have worked in Sweden but were insured in another country. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to learn what applies to you.
How much do I get?
You receive approximately 80 per cent of your previous salary, but this is capped to SEK 543 per day.
How do I apply?
1. Report your sicknessIf you are not participating in a Public Employment Service programme, you must report your sickness the first day you are sick. Report your sickness to your employer if you work part time.
After reporting your sickness, log in to My pages (Mina sidor) to apply for sickness benefit.
3. Send in a doctor's certificate
If you are sick for more than 7 days, you must send in a doctor's certificate with information about your illness or injury. In most counties, electronic certificates can be issued. You can also attach your certificate to your application when you apply for sickness benefit via My pages (Mina sidor). This speeds up the process and you then do not have to send the certificate by post.
In exceptional cases, you can ask your doctor to submit the certificate directly to us electronically.
If you have received a paper copy of your doctor's certificate, send the original to Försäkringskassans Inläsningscentral, 839 88 Östersund.
The first sickness benefit disbursement is not paid on a fixed date. It is instead paid once we have completed the processing work. If your application is complete, this takes no more than 30 days.
After the first disbursement, sickness benefit is paid on a specific date each month. Which date applies for you depends on when you were born:
- If you were born between the 1st and the 10th: the 25th of each month
- If you were born between the 11th and the 20th: the 26th of each month
- If you were born between the 21st and the 31st: the 27th of each month
You can see all of your disbursements on My pages (Mina sidor).
Special disbursement dates
- If the disbursement date is a Saturday, your money will be paid out on Friday.
- If the disbursement date is a Sunday, your money will be paid out on Monday.
- Disbursement normally scheduled for 25, 26 and 27 December will be paid out on 21 December 2018.
You cannot receive sickness benefit and activity grant/development allowance/introduction benefit at the same time. However, you may be entitled to keep your compensation if you get sick, provided that you report your sickness to the Public Employment Service the first day you are absent. More information can be found on the page for Public Employment Service programme participants.
If you want to change any aspect of your sick leave
Send in your new doctor’s certificate. You can do this digitally on Mina sidor (My pages).
If you answered yes when asked whether a new doctor’s certificate should serve to extend the sick leave when you applied for sickness benefit, then you do not need to do anything else.
If you answered no, an application form for extended sickness benefit will be sent to your home. You cannot apply for extended sickness benefit via Mina sidor (My pages).
If you belong to Stockholm County Council or live on Gotland, you may not be able to receive an electronic certificate from your doctor.
If you begin seeking work part time or in any other way change the scope of your sick leave, you must notify us of this. This is done most easily via My pages (Mina sidor).
What happens if I am sick for a long time?
If you are sick for a long time, you will be assigned a personal administrative officer to help you with all aspects of the sickness benefit. The administrator officer will contact you after you have received your first disbursement.
If necessary, you will work together to develop a plan to get you back to work. Your administrative officer can also schedule meetings with the Public Employment Service and your doctor so you can work as a team to develop a solid plan. The amount of contact you have with your administrative officer depends on how much help you need and how long your sick leave is expected to last.
Försäkringskassan and the Public Employment Service work in partnership to provide support to enable you to return to work if you have an illness or disability.
If you and your administrative officer decide that you may need occupational rehabilitation measures from the Public Employment Service, your administrative officer will schedule a meeting with an employment officer. At the meeting, we will all work to identify what measures you need to be able to return to work. Others, such as your employer or a healthcare professional, can also participate in the meeting.
Measures that may be offered include guidance in finding a job, job seeker activities or work training.
When can I get occupational rehabilitation measures
Your work capacity must be reduced due to sickness and there must be a need for occupational rehabilitation measures for you to be capable of working. Your administrative officer is responsible for making the assessment, but this is always done in dialogue with you and other relevant parties, like your doctor and employer.
What compensation can I receive?
If you are participating in occupational rehabilitation measures, such as work training, you can receive rehabilitation benefit instead of sickness benefit. As a minimum, the compensation is the same as your sickness benefit.
If you are initially unable to handle participation in a measure at a workplace, you can first receive guiding, investigating and supporting measures from the Public Employment Service. In such case, you can keep receiving sickness benefit while receiving support from the Public Employment Service.
If you are at risk of no longer being able to receive compensation from the health insurance system, you will be invited to a meeting with the Public Employment Service. The meeting will involve an administrative officer from Försäkringskassan and an employment officer. The meeting is an opportunity for you to receive support on your journey from sick leave to working life.
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If you are at risk of no longer being able to receive compensation from the health insurance system or of having your application for sickness or activity compensation rejected, you may be invited to a meeting with the Public Employment Service. The meeting will involve an administrative officer from Försäkringskassan and an employment officer. The meeting is an opportunity for you to receive support on your journey from the health insurance system to working life.
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