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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-9/298 Updated – measures in Lithuania

Compensation for employees in self-isolation

Kompensacija saviizoliacijoje esantiems darbuotojams

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 29 February 2020 – 01 May 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Paid sick leave
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound
Measure added 06 April 2020 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

According to the provisional arrangements approved by the Order No. V-238 / A1-170 of the Minister for Health and the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania (27/02/2020) with the view to preventing the spread of the COVID-19, a 2-week self-isolation is mandatory for each person returning to Lithuania from abroad or having been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus.

Content of measure

After returning from abroad or having been in contact with a person infected with the COVID-19, the person is entitled to sickness benefit for 14 days of self-isolation. The benefit is paid if a person is employed and if he/she does not have the possibility to work remotely. The sick-leave certificate is issued remotely. The amount of the sickness benefit is 62.06% of the recipient’s average wage. The employer pays the recipient’s compensated wage for the first two days; from the third day wages are paid by the National Social Insurance Fund (Sodra). The minimum amount of sickness benefit is €152.05 per month, while the maximum is €1,621.38 per month.

Updates

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

01 May 2022

The measure ended on 1 May 2022 as the emergency situation was lifted on that date.

24 July 2020

Order No V-1699 / A1-674 of the Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania and the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania of 21 July 2020 introduced a provision that a person shall not be entitled to sickness benefit for 14 days of self-isolation if he/she travels to a country that is on the list of affected countries for reasons other than professional, official and/or business purposes. Such persons may be issued medical certificates for the period of mandatory isolation, but no sickness benefit is payable. This amendment entered into force on 24 July 2020.

Use of measure

No information yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Social insurance
Employer
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

No information available.

Views and reactions

Social partners consulted only ad hoc, the tripartite meeting was not held.

Sources

  • 27 February 2020: Laikinosios tvarkos aprašas V-238/A1-17 (2020-02-27) (e-seimas.lrs.lt)
  • 21 July 2020: Order No V-1699 / A1-674 of the Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania and the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos sveikatos apsaugos ministro ir Lietuvos Respublikos socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministro įsakymas Nr. V-1699 / A1-67) (e-seimas.lrs.lt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Compensation for employees in self-isolation, measure LT-2020-9/298 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2020-9_298.html

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