Useful advice if you become ill

When employees become ill, experience shows that the best chances of staying at work are when early and coordinated efforts are made. It is therefore important that you, your employer, the job centre and your GP come together to find out what it takes for you to be able to stay at your workplace or find a job elsewhere.

On this page, you can find information about what you, your employer and the local authority can do if you become ill for a certain period of time.

Danica Pension would like to make a positive difference so that you, as a customer, feel that we have provided valuable help during your sick leave.

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When you become ill, a number of things automatically occur that are nice to know about. Below you can see what happens from the time you are reported absent due to illness.

What does your local authority do?
When you are on sick leave, the local authority will send you a disclosure form in which they will ask about your illness, your employer and your work tasks as well as the treatment you are receiving. Your answers will place you in one of three categories

  • Employees on sick leave who are about to return to work.
  • Employees on sick leave who are at risk of long-term illness and/or reduced earning capacity.
  • Employees on sick leave who expect a long period of illness.

The category will decide how the local authority follows up on the case, including how often the local authority is in contact with you and your employer.

What does your employer do?
According to the Danish Act on Sickness Benefits, your employer must invite you to a meeting not later than four weeks after your first day of illness. The purpose of the meeting is to find the best return-to-work solution for you. If you expect to be ill for more than eight weeks, you can ask your employer to draw up a retention plan together with you. The plan will serve as a basis for dialogue so that you can harmonise your expectations, leaving you with peace of mind regarding your future at the workplace.  

You employer can always fill in a certificate on your future prospects (a form of medical certificate) together with you and your GP if there is any doubt as to the health considerations to be taken into account when you return to work.

What can you do?
Being ill does not necessarily mean that you have to be bedridden or isolated. On the contrary, it is often a very good idea to maintain close and regular contact with your workplace while being ill. Experience shows that contact to your workplace is of great importance when it comes to returning to work. It may give you peace of mind and help you maintain your professional self-esteem to know that you are still part of the team at your workplace. 

You may for instance pay regular visits and participate in joint activities for your department. As soon as it is possible, it will be a good idea if you can agree with your employer to return to work gradually.

You should also check whether you have any insurance that can help you during your illness.

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