State to pay first three days of sick leave for respiratory illness

The State will pay the first three days of the sick leave to employees with respiratory disease, as provided in the amendments to the Law on Maternity and Disease Insurance supported by the Saeima on Thursday, November 12.

The Law stipulates that for a person who has been issued a sick leave due to an acute upper respiratory tract infection, a sick leave B (without personal examination) shall be issued remotely for the period from the first to the third day of illness and an allowance of 80% of the average insurance salary of the recipient shall be granted and paid for this period.

If the person has been sent to perform the COVID-19 test and tests are positive, the allowance will be granted for the period from the first day of illness to the day on which the person has regained his or her capacity to work.

On the other hand, if the tests are negative, but the incapacity to work continues, the issued sick leave B shall be closed on the third day and sick leave A shall be opened.

Money and allowance shall be paid in accordance with the procedures specified in the Law.

Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča (“KPV LV”) previously noted that work is one of the places where people have the greatest risk of getting sick with COVID-19. The relevant amendments to the Law were developed in order to prevent people from going to work while sick. 

The changes to the Law on Maternity and Disease Insurance will take effect on November 16 and be in force until June 30, 2021.

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