welfare policy

New Rules To Hit Newly Employed?

New rules for sick- and parental leave pay could hit the newly employed and students, according to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Government plans mean changing the way the benefits are calculated, instead of basing the welfare amounts on the expected income over the next 12 months, the authorities will soon look at applicants' earlier income.

This could mean that the newly employed could have their sick pay or maternity/paternity pay based on their income when they were unemployed, instead of their current pay. The changes could be beneficial for the recently unemployed however.

The new rules are expected to be introduced after the next election in 2010.