Burning the candle from both ends?

No More Sick Leave for Exhaustion

Workers diagnosed with exhaustion, both mental and physical, may no longer be able to claim sick leave.

Some 30,000 people a year are estimated to have more than two weeks off work due to exhaustion.


New guidelines being drawn up by the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Social Insurance Agency will advise doctors not to sign workers off for the condition after October 1 of this year.

Another proposal is to amend the 90 days sick leave granted for other diagnosed conditions such as depression.

The plans are intended to reduce the number of days workers take off sick, and lower the number of sickness benefit claimants.

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