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This article was updated on: 27 March 2020 at 16.45.
You can receive care benefit while staying home with your children.
NITO is receiving many enquiries from members with young children asking about what rights they have when the kindergartens and schools are closed due to the coronavirus situation.
NAV has now confirmed that you can use care benefit when kindergartens and schools are closed due to the coronavirus situation.
The period of care benefit has been doubled from 10 to 20 days
How long you can use care benefit depends on how many children you have and whether or not you are a single parent.
Most parents are entitled to up to 10 days, but this period is now doubled in connection with the coronavirus.
This will mean:
- up to 20 care benefit days per calendar year if you have one or two children
- up to 30 care benefit days per calendar year if you have three or more children.
- If you are a single parent, the number of days is doubled.
Self-employed persons and freelancers receive care benefit after day four, which is the same rule as for wage earners and on the same level as the proposed scheme for income support for self-employed persons.
It has been proposed that the employer pays care benefit for three days, after which the state will pay.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will publish more details as soon as possible.