Report absence when you are taking part in a programme

When you receive activity support, introduction benefit or development allowance because you are taking part in a programme, it is important that you report that you are sick or temporarily taking care of a child (VAB).

Report your absence to Arbetsförmedlingen the very first day; otherwise you may not receive money for the days you are sick.


Also tell the people who are administering your programme

You should also tell your programme provider that you are sick.

Good to know

If you can’t report sick on-line, you can call us on 0771-416 416.

If you are taking part in a programme, you can continue to receive payment if you temporarily take care of a (sick) child. You need to tell Arbetsförmedlingen when you temporarily take care of your child. When you then apply for payment from Försäkringskassan you must state that you have been absent for temporary care of a child.

If you were to have worked the period that you were absent for temporary care of a child, you must instead notify and apply for temporary parental benefit from Försäkringskassan.

Have you notified us on the first day that you are sick or are caring for a child and can’t take part in the programme? Then you can continue to receive payment in the form of activity support, development allowance or introduction benefit. If you have not been able to report that you have been sick, Försäkringskassan can in exceptional cases decide that you can receive your payment despite not having notified us in time.

The first day you report sick is always a qualifying day. This means that you receive no payment for the first day. The qualifying day does not apply to VAB.

If you are sick for more than seven days, you need to send a doctor’s certificate to Försäkringskassan to be able to continue to receive money.

Then you must contact Arbetsförmedlingen immediately so that we can update your plan. We will also try to adapt the content of your programme so that you can still take part.

If you need rehabilitation from, for example, the healthcare services, Försäkringskassan can help you draw up a rehabilitation plan. We can also contact Försäkringskassan so that we can review your need for rehabilitation together with you.

At most you can be registered on a programme and sick full-time for 30 days. You are then discharged from the programme. If you had previously taken part in the job and development guarantee programme, you can return to the programme within one year of it being concluded. The same applies for the job and development guarantee programme for young people. If you had previously taken part in the establishment programme, you can return to the programme if there is time remaining within the time frame and it is justified from a labour market policy point of view. You can apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan the day after you leave the programme.