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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-9/299 Updated – measures in Lithuania

Compensation for employees looking after children or disabled persons while in quarantine

Kompensacijos darbuotojams, prižiūrintiems vaikus ar neįgalius asmenis karantino metu

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
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)
Measure added 06 April 2020 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

Educational establishments have been temporarily closed in the country since 16 March 2020 as a result of the introduction of quarantine in Lithuania (Resolution No. 207 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 14 March 2020). In this connection, given the emergence of the need to care for a child in pre-school, pre-primary or primary education, as well as for a disabled person under 21 in general or special education, one of the parents is issued an electronic sick-leave certificate if the parents are not able to work remotely or their employer has not established idle time.

Content of measure

When a restrictive regime is announced in an educational establishment and one of the parents cannot work remotely, the National Social Insurance Fund (Sodra) pays 65.94% of the recipient’s compensated wage from the first day the recipient is unable to work. Persons eligible for the benefit are parents, foster-parents, grandparents, caretakers and custodians who are entitled to the benefit, and are looking after child/children up to primary school age or child/children with disability under the age of 21. The benefit can be paid for up to 60 days. Payment of the benefit shall cease upon termination of the quarantine regime. Furthermore, following the declaration of the emergency situation and the suspension of the activities of day care centres for the disabled, sickness benefit is paid to those employees who have to care for a disabled person who has been previously attending a day care centre.


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.

14 September 2020

Order No V-2032/A1-833 of the Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania and the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania of 11 September 2020 stipulates that during the emergency situation and/or quarantine sickness benefit shall be paid for children under eight, schoolers in first to fourth grades and children with disabilities under 21 studying under general or special education programmes when they are not sick but put to mandatory isolation by the National Public Health Centre (NPHC). A child may be put to mandatory isolation in two cases - when the child visited the country affected by the coronavirus without his/her parents or guardians or when he/she had direct contact with a sick person. The provisions will not apply to children and disabled persons under the age of 21 who left Lithuania and visited a foreign country (-ies) that on the day of their departure from the Republic of Lithuania were included in the list of countries affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) approved by the Minister of Health. This amendment entered into force on 14 September 2020. The new compensation procedure will be valid in Lithuania as long as the emergency situation and/or quarantine are in place.

Use of measure

According to Sodra's data, about 50,000 have been benefitted by this measure in Lithuania during quarantine.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Parents in employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Social insurance
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


No information available.

Views and reactions

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


  • 27 February 2020: Laikinosios tvarkos aprašas V-238/A1-17 (2020-02-27) (
  • 14 March 2020: LR Nutarimas Dėl karantino Lietuvos Respublikos teritorijoje paskelbimo (2020-03-14) (
  • 18 March 2020: Law No XIII-2824 adding Article 11-1 to Law No IX-110 on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuani (
  • 11 September 2020: Order No V-2032/A1-833 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-2032 / A1-833) (


Eurofound (2020), Compensation for employees looking after children or disabled persons while in quarantine, measure LT-2020-9/299 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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