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Updates to Sick Pay Act and salary deductions


The first day of a period of sick leave, known as the ‘qualifying day’,  will now be compensated by a salary deduction. The changes will mostly affect those who work irregular hours.

As of January 1, 2019, the compensation-free qualifying day has been abolished. Instead, a salary deduction corresponding to 20 per cent of an average week’s salary will be made. The salary deduction is the same regardless of how many hours you were meant to work on the day that you fell ill, what time during the day you fell ill, and if your sick leave is full or part-time. The changes are regulated in the Sick Pay Act.

What does this mean?

For those who work regular hours, Monday to Friday, the salary deduction will be the same as the qualifying day. For those who work irregular hours, the changes will mean that the deduction made is based on an average instead of a specific work day.

An additional change is that a full salary deduction will be made if you fall ill and leave work during the day, if you are also ill on the following day. Previously, if you fell ill during the day, your qualifying day would only be the remainder of that work day. With the new salary deduction, it will not be possible to get a smaller deduction if you are still ill on the following day. In the case of a partial sick leave, a full salary deduction will be made over the first days and sick pay will be paid thereafter.

You can find some examples here

How to report absence due to illness

As before, you will report your absence yourself in the self-reporting system Primula upon your return, if you have been ill for less than 15 days. The system has not yet been updated after the change of rules, which means that deductions made from partial sick leaves may at first be too small. In this case, it will be corrected the following month.

Text: Janni Karlsson