In general, the employer continues paying wages during periods of sickness.
Sick workers that are no longer or not employed, such as unemployment benefit recipients, sick workers whose contracts ended less than 4 weeks before becoming ill, sick temporary workers or zero-hour contract workers and sick workers whose employment contract ends during their illness. Workers that are employed, but have a high risk of illness such as organ donors and pregnant women.
Types of workers who are not entitled to the unemployment benefit:
Freelancers, entrepreneurs without staff, director and major shareholder, in-home help, workers working abroad and workers that interrupted their work for a short period.
Rates of the benefit
Sickness benefits are usually 70% of the daily wage earned on average in the year before the worker got ill. Workers that got ill because of a pregnancy or organ donors receive 100%.
Duration of benefit
The benefit will stop if:
- The maximum duration of 2 years is passed
- People get better
- After 1 year you are 65% or more fit for work
- The worker reached pension age
- The worker is jailed for more than 1 month
- The worker dies
You can claim by calling the UWV or your employer does this for you.
Applicable statutory basis