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Factsheet for measure DK-2020-11/625 Updated – measures in Denmark

Expanded entitlement for employer for reimbursement and for self-employed for sickness benefit

Udvidet ret for arbejdsgiver til refusion og for selvstændige til sygedagpenge

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 12 March 2020 – 28 February 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 15 April 2020 (updated 10 July 2023)

Background information

The government proposed a bill that grants employers an extended right to reimbursement for wages or sickness benefits that are paid to employees who are absent as a result of COVID-19. It is also proposed that self-employed persons receive an extended right to sickness benefits for absence due to COVID-19. The purpose of the bill is to mitigate the negative financial consequences for employers as a result of the spread of COVID-19.

Content of measure

The law will reimburse employers for paid wages and sickness benefits to employees who are absent for the first 30 days of the sickness period – the so-called the employer period. In addition, self-employed workers can receive sickness benefits from the first day of absence instead of after the usual self-employment period of two weeks. As the rules are today, employers have a duty to pay wage expenses during sickness or sickness benefits for 30 days. The bill will suspend the obligatory ‘employer period’ regarding employees who are infected or quarantined due to COVID-19, but will continue to apply to persons and employees who are on sick leave for any other reason.

The compensation measure will be in effect from 27 February 2020 until 1 January 2021.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

14 March 2022

The temporary rules in the Sickness Benefit Act on the extended right for employers to reimbursement and for self-employed persons to sickness allowance in the event of infection with COVID-19 applied until and including 28 February 2022. From 1 March 2022 there has been no right to early reimbursement during the employer's period, even if the employee's absence has been due to isolation due to infection with COVID-19

14 December 2021

The government has decided to expand the entitlement for employer’s reimbursement for sickness benefit. The new bill, which have been approved is as follows:

“The employer is entitled to reimbursement under the Sickness Benefit Act from the first day of absence if, because of infection with COVID-19 or as close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, an employee is in isolation in accordance with the Danish health authorities' recommendations to this effect. Similarly, it is proposed that a self-employed person should be able to receive sickness benefit from the first day of absence in the same situation.

In addition, it is proposed that parents who may stay at home to care for their children because the child has been found infected with COVID-19 or have been repatriated because of one or more COVID-19 cases of infection in the day care, school or institution, etc., will be entitled to unemployment benefit under the Maternity Act. The new legislation is in force from December 14th, 2021”

23 March 2021

The Danish parliament agreed to extend the scheme which gives employers an extended right to reimbursement from the employee's first day of absence until 30 June 2021.

Use of measure

The proposal is expected to result in considerable public expenditure in the order of DKK 1,650 million. The cost of the proposal will largely depend on the development in the COVID-19 infection rates.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No involvement.

Views and reactions

Since the government intended to rush the bill through Parliament, the social partners were not informed or consulted the regular way.


  • 12 March 2020: Coronavirus: Regeringen vil give virksomheder refusion fra dag et (
  • 17 March 2020: LOV nr 212 af 17/03/2020 - (
  • 18 March 2020: Visse typer af fravær, der skyldes COVID-19, giver udvidet ret for arbejdsgivere til refusion og for selvstændige erhvervsdrivende til sygedagpenge (
  • 23 March 2021: Majority extends sickness benefit schemes for corona sufferers and ensures maternity leave for self-employed with closed companies (
  • 23 March 2021: L 192 Draft law amending the Law on Sickness Benefits and the Maternity Act. (
  • 14 March 2022: Sygedagpenge/sygedagpengerefusion: Spørgsmål og svar om midlertidige ændringer på beskæftigelsesområdet som følge af corona-virus (


Eurofound (2020), Expanded entitlement for employer for reimbursement and for self-employed for sickness benefit, measure DK-2020-11/625 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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