In Sweden, parents who stay home from work to take care of their sick children get compensation. Photo: Scanpix
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Proposal: Simplify regulations for taking care of sick children

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) wants to introduce new regulations that will make it easier for parents to take days off in order to care for their sick children, and to receive paid compensation for this.

Around 30 suggested changes have been proposed, aiming to simplify the existing regulations regarding applying and receiving compensation.

It is at the government's request that the regulations are being revised, and customer feedback is also part of the basis for the suggested simplifications.

One change would be that parents absent from work to take care of a sick child would no longer need to apply on the day. It is also suggested that parents should no longer need to present employers with proof of their child's absence from school, and that this will be replaced by other checks.

The government will decide later today if the suggestions will be put into practice.

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