The recent reforms of the Swedish national insurance system have been a hot political topic.
Social Insurance

Parliament Rules On Sick Leave

After the last few weeks' heated debate in the media, the more lenient rules on sick leave for those suffering from severe illnesses were approved in the Swedish parliament on Monday.

The changes to the law means a possibility to postpone the testing of a sick person’s work ability against the whole labour market until they have been off for a year and not 180 days as was previously the case.

And even after that it may be postponed further, if there is reason to regard it as unreasonable - for example if someone is suffering from cancer where work ability may decrease rapidly or fluctuate over time.

At the same time anyone with a serious illness can now keep their benefits at 80% of their salary even after a year has passed – something the old rules had abolished. The new rules will come into effect on January 15 but will be applied from January 1.

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