Quarantine for household members – sickness benefits

The quarantine for foreign returnees now includes those who reside with them. All those who undergo this mandatory quarantine are entitled to sickness benefits. The condition for receiving the benefit is to be subject to sickness insurance.
According to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines, persons returning from abroad must undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. For the period of quarantine the employee is entitled to sick pay (art. 92 of the Labour Code) or sickness benefit. Contractors and self-employed persons may also apply for this benefit if they pay sickness insurance contributions.
Initially the quarantine was only applicable to a person who returned from abroad. Currently, it also applies to people who live together with that person. For this purpose, the person returning from abroad provides the data of the household members to the state sanitary inspection.
The basis for the payment of sickness benefits is a statement about serving the mandatory quarantine after crossing the border or about serving it together with the person returning from abroad. The statement must be submitted within three working days after the end of the quarantine.
An employee files the statement with the employer, a person employed on a contract of mandate files it with the principal. Self-employed persons should submit the statement to ZUS – they can do it via ZUS Electronic Services Platform.
Employers who pay benefits and Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) may verify the data contained in the statement with a sanitary inspector. If a state sanitary inspector decides to shorten or release a person from quarantine, the person should inform the entity paying their sickness benefit about it.
A person who is receiving sickness or attendance benefits during quarantine or isolation may not work at the same time. An exception is made for health care professionals who, during quarantine or home isolation, provide remote work for a health care provider or provide health care services through telemedicine, or those who receive supplemental care benefits due to facility closures and provide on-call work during hours other than time off for child care .
The rule change, which went into effect on April 1, 2020, allows these individuals to work remotely in designated areas without losing their right to sick leave benefits or to work outside of normal business hours without losing their right to caregiver benefits.

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