Factsheet for case DK-2020-40/1704 – Updated – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 29 September 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||11 January 2021 (updated 11 May 2021)|
Law no 1427 of 29 September 2020 allows parents of repatriated children to temporarily receive maternity benefits if the child has been found infected with COVID-19, or the child has been sent home as close contact because other children or adults at school or in the day care institution have been found infected. The law allows parents to receive unemployment benefits under the Maternity Act until the child can return to an institution or school.
The scheme covers parents of children under 14 years of age. The covered parents must meet the Maternity Act's conditions for entitlement to unemployment benefits, including the employment requirement. The scheme only covers employees in employment.
A total of 10 working days' unemployment benefits are awarded per child during the period of the scheme. Unemployment benefits are paid for the entire working day. Pursuant to the law, support can only be given to one parent per repatriation day.
In the case of a child who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the parents must also have used the child's 1st and 2nd day of illness. In addition, it is a condition that no salary is paid for the same day or a holiday is taken.
The maternity benefit is paid directly to the parent and cannot be paid as reimbursement to the company, as there is no right to the benefit if salary is paid by the company.
Parents in employment
||Does not apply to businesses||
The COVID-19 risk group
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2021), Assistance for families with children at home during COVID-19, case DK-2020-40/1704 (measures in Denmark), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.