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The coronavirus: Will I be paid or receive social benefits if I have to stay home with my children?

Who will care for my children while the kindergartens and schools are closed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading? Will I be paid if I stay home from work to take care of my children, or will I have to take holiday time?

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.

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This is a complicated situation. We are pleased that NAV has clarified some of these issues,' says Rannveig Arthur, a lawyer in NITO.

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.

Back to normal number of benefit days from July 2020

From 1 July we are back to normal rules regardingcare  benefit days to stay home with children. This means that you have up to 10 care benefit days per calendar year if you have one or two children and up to 15 care benefit days per calendar year if you have three or more children. 

The number of days you have used are "reset". This means that everyone will have the same right to benefit days the rest of 2020 no matter how many days they used before 1 July.

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