• A sickness benefit provides a temporary income in case of illness.
  • You must report sick in order to qualify for a sickness benefit.
  • You must report sick no later than on the second sick day.
  • To whom you must report sick, depends on your situation.
  • Having reported sick, you must complete a digital questionnaire at UWV’s request.
  • UWV will determine whether you qualify for a sickness benefit. To do so, we examine your sick report and your situation.
  • The level of the sickness benefit you will receive, depends on your situation and your income prior to your sick report.
  • A sickness benefit may be received for a maximum period of 2 years.
  • When receiving a sickness benefit, you have certain rights and obligations.

If you are an employee and you become ill, in most cases your employer is required to continue paying your wages. You may qualify for a sickness benefit in the following cases:

  • You are a temporary or on-call worker and your contract ends automatically once you report sick.
  • You are self-employed and are voluntarily insured under the Sickness Benefits Act.
  • You are employed and become ill during your pregnancy or delivery.
  • You are employed and become ill due to organ donation.
  • You are employed and covered by the no-risk policy, for example because you are disabled or had previously been ill for a long time.
  • Your contract ends during your sickness.
  • You become ill within 4 weeks after the end of your employment contract.
  • You receive an unemployment benefit ("WW-uitkering") and have been ill for a period of more than 13 weeks.
  • Your unemployment benefit ends while you are ill.
  • You become ill within 4 weeks after your unemployment benefit ends.
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