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Saeima approves aid for parents staying at home

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be aid for parents forced to stay at home with their children due to restrictions, Saeima decided on November 26.

The amendments to the Law introduce a one-off sick leave allowance for 14 calendar days which a socially insured person will be entitled to claim once between 30 November and 31 December of this year and once between 1 January and 30 June 2021.

The benefit will be granted if a child under 10 years of age cannot attend a school or kindergarten due to circumstances related to COVID-19 and the parent does not have the option to work remotely. Parents of children with disabilities under 18 years of age will also be eligible for the benefit.

The benefit will be paid in the amount of 60% of the average insurance contribution salary of the applicant for the preceding 12 calendar months.

The benefit will not be paid if the person is employed, carries on an economic activity and gets income or benefits: parental benefits, maternity benefits, paternity benefits or downtime compensation.

The Saeima explained that the right to the benefit will go to one of the parents or guardians of the child. In order to receive the benefit, the person will have to submit an application to the State Social Insurance Agency and an employer's confirmation that the person cannot work remotely.

 

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