Social Insurance Office Rejects Proposal

The Swedish Social Insurance Office has rejected a government proposal to tighten up rules regarding parents staying home to look after their kids.

The government wants schools to provide a letter to prove that a child has really been at home sick. But the insurance office says it is better and cheaper to get the information straight from the employer.

However, the Minister for Social Security, has backed up the government’s position saying that it should be the school’s responsibility to send the certificate rather than the employer.

This is to cut red tape for business and she also asks how an employer is meant to know if the child has really been to school or not.

Benefit fraud costs the Swedish tax payer up to 9 million US Dollars annually. But the social insurance office says the governments plan would cost up to 6 Million US Dollars to carry out.

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