Tallinn extends the benefit for the first day of sick leave until the end of May

The Tallinn City Government submitted a draft regulation to the City Council, which extends the payment period for the first day of illness by one month, ie until the end of May.

According to the Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart, interest towards the compensation of the first day of sick leave has been quite high and many citizens have already asked whether the measure will be extended. "By extending the period of payment of the benefit, we want to limit the spread of the coronavirus and encourage the citizens to stay home immediately when the first signs of illness appear. Despite the current decrease in the number of infections, we must continue to be careful and do everything we can to minimize the spread of the virus," said Kõlvart. "It is known that many people do not want to take the sick leave due to reduced income, and with this measure, we can not only prevent the virus but also provide people with the security to cope and maintain their health."

The City of Tallinn pays a benefit of 30 euros to the residents of Tallinn for the first day of illness, the benefit can be applied for retroactively on the basis of a sick leave issued from 25 March. As of this morning, 1894 applications for the benefit of first day of sick leave have been submitted.

In order to receive the compensation, a person must be registered as a resident of Tallinn. The application can be submitted after the sick leave has been ended and the payment of the sickness benefit has been done. The application for compensation can be submitted by means of the city's e-service 24 hours after the sick leave has been completed by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) and the EHIF has made the payment. The EHIF marks the sickness benefit as paid within the next working day after the payment has been received by the bank.

Due to the high risk of infection, the use of e-services is requested, but if this is not possible, the application can also be submitted by e-mail to the social welfare department of the district government of residence or at the service hall of the district government of  residence. The application submitted by e-mail must be digitally signed. Applicants can log into the e-environment using the state authentication service: ID card, mobile ID, Smart-ID and EU eID.

According to the EHIF, an average of 25,000 incapacity for work certificates are started in Tallinn every month.