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Ziektewet (Sickness Benefit)

Financing Body      

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
Claim procedures

You can claim by calling the UWV or your employer does this for you.



Applicable statutory basis


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