Obligations and entitlements of an employer in relation to the provision of earnings-substitution benefit in the first 14 calendar days of a temporary incapacity to work (quarantine)
In connection with sickness insurance changes we would like to point out that in accordance with Articles 192 – 194 of the Labour Code an employer is obliged to provide an employee earnings-substitution benefit for working days during the first 14 days of a temporary incapacity to work (quarantine). The calculation of the earnings-substitution benefits and paying them is regulated by the above-mentioned articles of the Labour Code.
In addition to this obligation an employer is entitled to verify that an employee adheres to a prescribed regime of temporary work incapacity of an insured person if it includes an obligation to stay in the place of residence and to observe the time and extent of permitted outside walks during the first 14 calendar days of a temporary incapacity to work. The employer writes a report about the inspection and records its results. If he/she finds that an employee is not adhering to the regime of a temporary work incapacity during the inspection, he/she sends a report about this to the insured person who is temporarily incapable of working, to his/her attending physician and to the respective office of the District Social Security Administration.
An employer is entitled to ask the respective District Social Security Administration office to examine the justification of the duration of a temporary incapacity to work and to verify that the insured person who is temporarily incapable of working is adhering to the prescribed regime if the person is his/her employee. The District Social Security Administration will carry out examination within 7 days from the day of receiving the request and will notify the employer of its results in writing as soon as possible.
An employer is also entitled to ask an attending physician for information about the place of stay of an employee during his/her temporary incapacity to work and about the extent and time of permitted outside walks.