The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a further additional amending budget in order to mitigate the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of the decision, the sickness insurance system will become more flexible than it is today for certain people on long-term sick leave.
Today the work capacity of an individual who is on sick leave is assessed vis-à-vis their employer before day 180 and vis-à-vis the labour market as a whole after day 180. According to the new rules, the examination vis-à-vis the labour market as a whole will be postponed until day 365. This applies to those for whom there is a greater likelihood that they will be unable than able to return to work within 365 days. The purpose is to prevent these individuals from losing their sickness benefit.
As a result of the amendment, expenditure for sickness benefits and rehabilitation in the central government budget will increase by SEK 250 million in 2021, and by SEK 300 million in 2022.
The Riksdag also calls on the Government by way of two announcements to promptly review the conditions for individual sole traders' benefits from the unemployment insurance funds in view of the ongoing pandemic.