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Parental leave rules

Hello,

There are 2 rules that might overlap sometimes and are confusing:
1. After the 1st child is 1 year old, you have to take 5 days/week parental leave in order to save your SGI.
2. If you get pregnant with the 2nd child before the 1st child is 1 year and 9 months, your SGI is automatically saved.

Questions:
1. If you get pregnant according to the 2nd rule, can you take less than 5 days/week parental leave? How is this affecting my SGI in case I get sick?
2. If you register to Arbetsförmedlingen as work seeker is enough to protect your SGI or you have to take also A-kassa?

Thank you,

Comments

  • Hello,
    answer to question #1:
    Your parental benefit is not affected if your qualifying income is lowered 
    Your parental benefit is not affected if your qualifying income is lowered. It is protected during the first two years of the child’s life. This means that even if your qualifying income is lower (for example if you reduce your working hours), you will receive the same amount of parental benefit as before if you take parental leave again before the child turns two years of age.
    The same applies if you or your partner become pregnant with another child before the older child is one year and nine months old. You will also receive parental benefit calculated using the same qualifying income as before it was lowered.
    How to protect your qualifying income if you have reduced your working hours 
    If you do not want your compensation for sickness benefit and benefit for caring for a sick child to be lower because you have reduced your working hours, you can protect your previous qualifying income by taking parental benefit for a time equal to your reduction in working hours.
    Examples of how to protect your qualifying income:
    • 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. 
    Answer to question #2:
    If you had a job before you became a job seeker, you can receive parental benefit based on the income you had then, in other words at sickness benefit level. This applies on condition that you registered with the Public Employment Service on the first weekday that you were unemployed and are still registered.

    If you worked 6 months or more before you became unemployed, it suffices if you registered with the Public Employment Service within three months after you became unemployed.

    Kind regards,
    Fredrik

    Fredrik
  • in the above case which is answer for the second question does it mean that having worked for 6 months and becomes a job seeker and due in less than three months, the person is qualified for the income based sickness benefit level?
    bernadette
  • Hello!

    Thank you for your post!

    If you have worked for 6 months or more before you became unemployed and register yourself as a jobseeker with the Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen, preferably on your first unemployed day, you could receive parental benefit based on the income you had.

    However you will first have to receive parental benefits on the basic level which is SEK 250 per day for the first 180 days before considering the income you had.

    Since it is a public forum, it is difficult for us to answer to questions regarding specific cases.

    We therefore recommend that you call our Customer Service 0771 524 524 press 8 to get connected to the English line. More information about parental benefit is available here in English.

    Our telephone lines are open the following hours:
    Monday – Friday 8.00am — 3.00 pm (summer opening hours)

    Best Regards
    Helen Administrative officer
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