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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-23/2135 – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Maria Hansen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen)|
|Measure added||10 January 2022 (updated 14 March 2022)|
The restrictions in Danish society due to COVID-19 has lead to many self-employed having poorer results in 2020 than previously, which will affect their employment requirements when receiving benefits. As a result, a majority in Parliament has decided to give self-employed the possibility to choose the previous year 2019 where business was normal as reference.
The legal references are: BEK nr 1091 af 01/06/2021 and BEK nr 1090 af 01/06/2021.
The case ties in with an earlier amendment, where a smaller time period (1 December 2020 to 30 April 2021) was disregarded in employment requirements for maternity benefits for self-employed. See case Pregnant self-employed get temporary dispensation for employment requirement for maternity pay in the COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database.
New executive orders have been issued on the calculation of employment requirements for self-employed concerning sickness and parental benefits. The orders contain amended rules on the calculation, which mean that the self-employed, who due to the COVID-19 crisis and shutdowns had a poor result in 2020, can instead choose to have sickness or parental benefits calculated from the most recent “normal” year, namely 2019. The rule is objective and all self-employed can make the choice. Either the municipality or Udbetaling Danmark (Public Benefits Administration) must inform the self-employed about the possibility and they thereafter have eight weeks to request the change in calculation.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Change in sickness and parental benefits for the self-employed, measure DK-2021-23/2135 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2021-23_2135.html
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