CORONAVIRUS (illness COVID-19)
Information on entitlement to benefits in case of quarantine (sickness benefit) and closure of school facilities (attendance allowance)
We strongly recommend to check updates as legislation changes are in preparation for period of the state of emergency (f.i. prolongation of child´s age from 10 to 13 in case of benefits provided in case of care for children). In that case conditions mentioned below apply accordingly.
Due to the current state of emergency, sickness insurance benefits do not have to be personally delivered by the insured person to the employer or sent by post; it is sufficient to scan them and send them by email.
The CSSA also allows insured persons to handle all applications relating to all sickness insurance benefits (attendance allowance, sickness benefit, maternity benefit, paternity benefit, long-term attendance allowance, compensatory benefit in pregnancy and maternity) electronically (by email), even without the insured person’s electronic signature.
In relation to foreign countries or foreigners residing in the Czech Republic, quarantine and attendance allowance are subject to the same rules as sickness insurance benefits, they are co-ordinated in the EU or they may be subject to bilateral international agreements. Basically – the states mutually recognize the documents issued by the other state and the foreign document on quarantine / attendance allowance serves as a basis for the decision on the entitlement to benefit in the Czech Republic. Of course, the benefit is then paid according to national legislation and rules. See www.mpsv.cz/web/EN/.
Information on health care (‘benefits in kind’) can be found at www.kancelarzp.cz.
Quarantine – procedure for claiming sickness benefit for persons insured in the Czech Republic:
The quarantine guidelines and measures are published by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en) and by Public Health Offices in individual regions of the Czech Republic.
According to Czech legislation, persons who are sickness insured and who have been quarantined are entitled to sickness benefit if the ordered quarantine lasts longer than 14 calendar days (until then the insured person receives the wage compensation paid by the employer).
In the Czech Republic, quarantine can be ordered by a doctor or a Public Health Office, either by issuing a ‘Quarantine Order Confirmation’ form or by using an electronic option to issue a decision on temporary incapacity for work (‘e-Sick Leave’). More about e-Sick Leave here.
What to do:
- If the insured person returns to the Czech Republic from a risk country (please check which countries are considered as risky), he/she must immediately notify his/her GP in the Czech Republic by telephone or other remote means (mobile application, e-mail, skype, etc.), that is, without personal contact. The physician then issues a decision on quarantine. Such an insured person should also immediately inform his/her employer that he/she has been ordered to quarantine. This applies by analogy to situations where the insured person was in contact with a patient in whom a coronavirus infection, COVID-19, was confirmed in the laboratory.
- If such an insured person does not have an attending physician in the Czech Republic, he/she shall contact the relevant regional Public Health Office. Contact information can be found here http://www.mzcr.cz/dokumenty/kontakty-na-krajske-hygienicke-stanice_18604_4122_1.html
- if the Czech insured person is abroad and he/she has been ordered to quarantine, further procedures shall follow the regulations of the place of his/her current residence:
– if the quarantine is ordered by a competent authority of a Member State of the EU or by a State that has an international social security agreement with the Czech Republic (which also regulates the area of sickness insurance), the foreign authority will issue a quarantine certificate according to its own rules; the insured person shall forward this document to his/her employer who shall forward it to the relevant DSSA / PSSA / MSSA. These documents will be recognised as documents for the payment of wage and sickness benefits as if they were Czech certificates.
– if the quarantine is ordered by a competent authority of a State which is not a State referred to above (i.e. a ‘non-contracting state’), the documents on quarantine issued in that State cannot be recognised in the Czech Republic. In such a case, the insured person should, upon their return to the Czech Republic, contact a Public Health Office or their attending physician in the Czech Republic to confirm the order / duration of the quarantine using Czech documentation. This confirmation can be issued retrospectively.
Quarantine – procedure for claiming sickness benefit for persons not insured in the Czech Republic:
A person in quarantine who is sickness-insured in another State is entitled to a possible benefit due to a quarantine order in accordance with the regulations of the country where he/she is insured.
A person who is not sickness insured in the Czech Republic and who returns to the Czech Republic from a risk country must immediately notify his/her GP in the Czech Republic about the fact by telephone or other remote means (mobile application, e-mail, skype, etc.), that is, without personal contact. The physician then issues a decision on quarantine. The documents issued to such a person in the Czech Republic will then be submitted to their employer abroad. This applies by analogy to situations where such a person was in contact with a patient in whom a coronavirus infection, COVID-19, was confirmed in the laboratory.
If the above person does not have a doctor in the Czech Republic, he/she shall contact the competent Public Health Office. Contact information can be found here http://www.mzcr.cz/dokumenty/kontakty-na-krajske-hygienicke-stanice_18604_4122_1.html
Attendance allowance for children under 10 years (a new law on prolongation to 13 years to be adopted by the Parliament soon) of age due to the closure of school facilities:
Parents of children up to the age of 10, whose children cannot be put in the care of a school / child-care facility, are entitled to attendance allowance (more HERE).
The employee applies for the payment of the attendance allowance via a form called Application for attendance allowance for a child up to 10 years of age due to the closure of the educational institution (school), which will be issued in two copies by the educational institution (school) attending the child (interactive form can be found HERE). Informative English version of this form can be found HERE.
For applications to claim sickness insurance benefits and which are normally dealt with on paper forms handed over by the employee to the employer, it is recommended to proceed as follows to limit physical contact:
The employee can send the relevant form to his/her employer via customary electronic means (e.g. as a *.pdf document or a scanned image), even without an electronic signature. It is important that the employer is provided with forms with all relevant information, in particular with the account number to which the employee wants the benefit paid, the date of commencement of the benefit (for paternity, maternity benefit or long-term attendance allowance). Therefore, it is possible to fill in, sign, scan (or take a picture) and send the form electronically to the employer by e-mail.
The employer submits the electronically delivered form from the employee in the form in which it was received together with the documents for calculating the benefit electronically to the DSSA, either with an electronic signature or via a data box (to the address of the DSSA’s electronic registry).Electronic signature (identification) of the insured person – employee – is not required. In the current situation, only the employer has to communicate in an electronically verified manner when submitting the documents to the DSSA.