Lööf said the Centre Party, which is part of the centre-right government alliance, would scrap the responsibility for companies to pay for employees' second week of sick leave, a requirement which critics say discourages employers from hiring staff. The estimated cost of this is SEK 2 billion.
"We need to move a larger part of the cost from companies to the State, as a first step by scrapping the second week of sick leave," she said. "It's important both because it reduces the risk involved in hiring someone new - and because it should be easier for those who have previously been off sick a lot or for long periods to get a job."
The party also wants to introduce apprentice programmes and double the support funds for companies that take on apprentices from SEK 30,000 to 60,000.