The Seimas finally approved the amendments: benefits will be paid for the isolation of children

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2020 09 30

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The Seimas finally approved the proposal to pay sickness benefits for the care of young children or children with disabilities when they must self-isolate due to traveling to country affected by the coronavirus or had a direct contact with a affected person.

Such benefits will be paid for all children up to the end of fourth grade and for children with disabilities under the 21 years of age when they are enrolled in a general or special education programme.

Sickness benefits for the care of young children and children with disabilities who were in self-isolation before the amendments came into force will be paid retroactively. Parents, guardians or working grandparents of children who have been unable to care for their children during the self-isolation period do not have to do anything. The Sodra (State Social Insurance Fund Board) will pay the benefit on the basis of the information on the incapacity to work certificate issued by the doctor.

Employees who have at least 3 months of sickness social insurance during the last year or at least 6 months during the last two years are entitled to sickness benefits.

Benefits for caring for children, persons with disabilities or elderly:

SELF-ISOLATION OF A CHILD. When the National Public Health Center (NPHC) imposes compulsory self-isolation for a child who is not older than a fourth-grader or a child with a disability under the 21 years of age if he or she is in are entitled to sickness benefit for the care of a sick child.

Sickness benefit for a care of a child amounts to 65.94 percent of the gross salary. It is paid during the period of compulsory self-isolation, but not longer than 14 calendar days.

Compulsory self-isolation of a child can be granted in two cases - when the child traveled to a country affected by the coronavirus without parents or guardians or when he or she had a direct contact with the affected person. The benefit would not be payed if the child traveled to a country affected by the coronavirus when that country was already included in the list of affected countries.

If a child traveled to a country affected by a coronavirus with their parents or guardians, the parents or guardians must self-isolate and are therefore paid as for isolation of adults and not for the child. Sickness benefit for the self-isolation of an adult amounts to 62.06 percent of the gross salary.

ISOLATION OF THE CLASS OR THE WHOLE SCHOOL. When a regime restricting the spread of infections is announced at school or kindergarten by the National Public Health Center (NPHC) and the transition to distance learning is istroduced or educational process is restricted, children not older than a four-grader and children with disabilities under 21 years of age are entitled to receive sickness benefit if they are enrolled in a general or special education programme.

Sickness benefit for  a  care of a child amounts to 65.94 per cent of gross salary and can be paid to one of the parents, guardians or working grandparents for as long as the infection control regime lasts.

It is important to note that such measure will be applied when regime restricting the spread of infections is announced at school, kindergarten or in a separate class due to a disease for which an emergency situation or quarantine is in force in Lithuania. Extreme situation is currently in force in the country for the spread of COVID-19.

When a restriction regime is announced for another disease, such as the flu, the benefit is paid for the care of children in pre-school and pre-primary education or primary education and for a maximum of 14 calendar days.

CLOSURE OF THE DAY CENTERS FOR ELDERLY OR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. When the day care centers for the disabled or elderly are closed to protect against the spread of coronavirus,  people caring of such persons may be entitled to receive sickness benefit. New amendment of the law was adopted, which allows the payment of sickness benefits not only during the quarantine period, but also during the emergency.

Sickness benefit for the care of a person with disabilities or elderly who visit day care centers amounts to 65.94 per cent of gross salary.

When the day center for people with disabilities closes, sickness benefit is paid to one of the  person's parents or guardians.

When the day center for elderly is temporarily closed, sickness benefit may be paid to their spouse, guardian or one of the children.

The benefit is paid for as long as the day center is closed.

Please be reminded that if the National Public Health Center (NPHC) imposes compulsory self-isolation for an adult, he or she is entitled to receive sickness benefit of 62.06 per cent of gross salary during the period of incapacity for work. The benefit is paid if the adult does not have the opportunity to work remotely and the idle time has not been declared. It is paid during the whole period of compulsory self-isolation, but not longer than 14 calendar days.

When a sick child under 14 years of age is being cared for, one of his or her parents, guardians or working grandparents is entitled to receive sickness benefit of 65.94 per cent of gross salary. The benefit is paid for a maximum of 14 calendar days, except for particularly complex illnesses, which are treated for a long time.

When another sick family member is being cared for, the career may be entitled to receive a sickness benefit of 65.94 per cent of gross salary, but for no longer than 7 calendar days.