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How much money for parental leave can I receive when I become unemployed?

Care of Child (original title)
If i work in Sweden since Mars 2015 to Mars 2016,and now i´m not working, if i apply now (Augusti) for care of child i will be payd 250 sek/day or depends of my income in this 12 months what i work?

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  • Hello,

    The payment of your parental benefit (föräldrapenning) for days on S-level (Sjukpenningnivå) can be based on your income from previous employment if you have been protecting that income after you stopped working.

    If you worked at least 6 months before becoming unemployed, your qualifying income is automatically protected for 3 months. This means that for 3 months you will have the same qualifying income as when you were employed. After 3 months, you can continue to protect your sickness benefit qualifying income in different ways. More information about it can be found here.

    If you have not been protecting your income then you would be entitled to basic payment of your parental benefit (föräldrapenning) for days on S-level which is 250 kr per day before tax. You can find more information about payments here under section How much money will I get?

    Best regards,

    Natalia Specialist
  • I have been working in Sweden for six months.Just after the end of this 6 months contract I intend to apply for parental benefit. Could you please tell me what do I have to do after my contract expires in order to get the benefit (at least for the first 3 months) based on my salary and not on the ground level? I read the answer above, how can I protect my income after the end of my contract in order to get payed based on my salary?
    Thank you!

  • Hello!

    Parental benefit that is based on your income is called parental benefit at sickness benefit level. To receive parental benefit at sickness benefit level, you must have had an annual income of at least SEK 82,100 for at least 240 consecutive days before the child was born. You do not need to have worked at the same workplace or had the same income the entire time, but rather it is the number of days with income that is important.
    If you have worked fewer than 240 consecutive days before the child is born, you receive SEK 250 per day at sickness benefit level for the first 180 days that are taken out for the child.

    After you, the other parent or you both together have taken out 180 parental benefit days, you receive parental benefit based on your income, but a minimum of SEK 250 per day at sickness benefit level.

    When the child is under 1 year
    If you are on parental leave full-time or part-time (or refrain from seeking work if you are a job seeker), you do not have to do anything to protect your qualifying income. You keep the same qualifying income you had when the child was born, even if you are not collecting parental benefit.

    When the child turns 1 year old
    If you are on parental leave full-time (or completely refrain from seeking work if you are a job seeker), you keep your previous qualifying income if you take at least five whole parental benefit days per week.

    Following are few examples about how can protect your sickness qualified income (SGI).
    • If you reduce your working hours by half from full-time to part-time, you must take at least two and a half days of parental benefit per week.
    • If you reduce your working hours by half from 50 per cent to 25 per cent, you must take at least two and a half days of parental benefit per week.
    • If you reduce your working hours by one-fourth from full-time to 75 per cent, you must take at least one and one-fourth days of parental benefit per week.
    You can find more information here

    Best regards,
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