Sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease

Employees who have or are suspected of having an infectious disease can be paid a sickness allowance. The decision to require the employee's absence from work, isolation or quarantine is made by the doctor responsible for infectious disease control in the municipality or hospital district.

If you have been given an order of isolation, quarantine or enforced absence from work because of an infectious disease, you can get sickness allowance from Kela. It is provided as compensation for loss of income due to absence from work.

You can also get a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease if you have a child under 16 years of age who has been ordered to stay at home because of an infectious disease, and as a result you are unable to go to work.

A sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease is available even if you are not unfit for work. For example, you may be required to stay off work if you are suspected of being infected with salmonella.

If your doctor determines that you are unable to perform your work duties because of an infectious disease, he or she will provide you with a medical certificate on form A.

In order to claim sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from Kela, you need (along with the medical certificate on form A) a statement from the doctor responsible for infectious disease control in your municipality or hospital district ordering you to stay off work. Check with your doctor to make sure that he or she has reported the infectious disease to the relevant doctor in the municipality or hospital district.

Amount and payment

The sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease is a full compensation for the loss of income suffered. The amount is based on the employer's statement of the employee's loss of earnings.

If you are paid during the leave of absence, the part of the allowance corresponding to your salary is paid to your employer. The sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease is paid for working days.

It is taxed in the same way as the regular sickness allowance.