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Sick Certificate Seldom Demanded

Published fredag 18 april 2008 kl 10.13
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson

Swedish employers do not very often demand a sick certificate from their employees despite the fact they have the right to do so.

According to Swedish Radio news, only few employers ask for a certificate in those cases when employees are ill for one day. The center-right coalition government had changed the law with the intention to prevent employees from needlessly calling in sick.

In a reaction to the Swedish Radio news report, Minister for Social Security Cristina Husmark Pehrsson said employers were adopting the law in a responsible way.

The Social Democratic spokesperson for health issues Ylva Johansson though maintained the report merely showed that employers were acting more intelligent than the government. It would not make any sense to force employees to see a doctor while they could easily recover from a simple cold by resting one day at home, Johansson added.

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