If you work for an employer, you will need to inform them of your illness as soon as possible. They will continue paying your salary for the period you are ill. There are 2 things you should keep in mind if you work for an employer:

  • If you are an on-call employee, you must tell your employer you are ill by day 2 of your illness at the latest. They will pay your wages for the period you are sick and on call. If you are not on call, you should contact UWV as soon as possible as you might qualify for a sickness benefit.
  • If your employment contract ends while you are ill, your employer will inform UWV of this on the last day of your employment. You might qualify for a sickness benefit from this day onwards.

If you work for an employment agency, you will need to inform them that you are ill. Make sure you do this by day 2 of your illness at the latest. What happens next depends on your contract:

  • If the contract has an agency stipulation (‘uitzendbeding’), your employment with the agency ends. UWV will then decide whether you qualify for a sickness benefit. 
  • If the contract does not have an agency stipulation, your employment agency will continue paying your wages for the period you are ill.

If you are self-employed and have voluntary income protection coverage, you will need to inform UWV you are ill. You should do this by calling UWV Telefoon Werknemers (the UWV employee telephone line). Make sure you do this by day 2 of your illness at the latest.

If you are receiving an unemployment benefit, you will need to inform UWV that you are ill. Make sure you do this by day 2 of your illness at the very latest via Mijn UWV.

Please note: You will continue to receive your unemployment benefit for the first 13 weeks that you are ill. If you are still ill after this period or if your unemployment benefit ends earlier, you will receive a sickness benefit instead.

If you fall ill within 4 weeks of your employment contract ending, you must inform UWV of this by day 2 of your illness at the very latest. To do this, please call UWV Telefoon Werknemers (the UWV employee telephone line).

If you fall ill within 4 weeks of your unemployment or sickness benefit ending, you must inform UWV of this by day 2 of your illness at the very latest. If you were receiving an unemployment benefit, please do this via Mijn UWV. If you were receiving a sickness benefit, please call UWV Telefoon Werknemers (the UWV employee telephone line).

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