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Coronavirus - where do you stand?

If you or your child are infected with coronavirus, the same rules apply to paid time off as for other illness. But what else applies concerning COVID-19? But what else applies now that restrictions have been lifted and COVID-19 is no longer a socially critical disease?

Corona is now again considered a socially critical disease. We have therefore entered into a corona agreement with Finanssektorens Arbejdsgiverforening that takes into account the inconveniences you and other members may experience in connection with the increasing infection rate.

We have also entered an agreement with the same content for insurers. In addition, new legislation on testing and corona passports has now been adopted that makes it legal for your employer to require you to be tested, disclose the test results and present a corona passport. If your employer does this, the test should be done during working hours to the extent possible and if this is not possible, you are entitled to be compensated for time and transportation.

You can find more information on this page, including links to the agreements and the legal text:

Agreement between Finansforbundet and FA in its entirety (Danish)

Special for insurers

Act on employers’ access to require employees to present corona passports, test for Covid-19 etc.

Questions and answers about coronavirus

Should I inform my employer that my illness is due to Coronavirus?

The Danish Parliament has again declared corona to be a socially critical disease. As a result, new legislation has been adopted which allows your employer to require you to present a corona passport or take a corona test and require you to tell the company the results. This law applies as long as corona is a socially critical disease.

Can your employer dismiss you if you do not want to/cannot be vaccinated?

No, in principle your employer cannot dismiss you because of a lack of vaccination.

However, there may be special cases where it may be appropriate to dismiss you. For example, this applies if you are unable to carry out your work because you have to travel to countries that require vaccination as a significant part of your work. In these cases, your employer should try to relocate you so that you no longer have travel activity to those countries, but if this is not possible, it may be appropriate to dismiss you.

Does your employer have a right to know if you have been vaccinated?

No, your employer may not ask you if you have been vaccinated, as the information is health information.

Your employer is only entitled to know if you have been vaccinated if there is an objective reason for this. For example, this may be the case if you cannot carry out your work without proof that you have been vaccinated.

However, your employer is entitled to require you to present a corona passport. For it to be valid, you must either be vaccinated, immune due to illness within the last 6 months or have received a test where infection has not been detected. Your employer is not entitled to know the reason you have a valid corona passport.

Are you in quarantine at home but not ill?

If you have been in close contact or you have been sent home and are awaiting test results, your salary will not be deducted. The same applies if you are sent home because you or members of your household are particularly vulnerable.

Can you refuse to work from home?

If you are sent home on the basis of recommendations by the authorities or your employer has sent you home, you are obliged to offer to work from home, as long as this is possible in terms of your job function, and your salary will not be deducted. It may be possible that while you are at home, you may be allowed to do your work at different times than your usual working hours, for example, if you have difficulty working while caring for children who have been sent home. In such situations, you will not be entitled to, e.g. inconvenience supplements.

With regard to home workplaces, the Danish Working Environment Act (arbejdsmiljøloven) applies if you work from home more than one day a week, and if there is an agreement at your company on working from home, this still applies.

What if I am planning a holiday?

If you are planning a holiday, you should follow the travel instructions laid down by the Danish authorities, as well as the instructions laid down by the authorities of the country you are planning to travel to. If you choose to travel to an area that the authorities have advised against and this results in you being prevented from attending work after your holiday, e.g. if you are put in quarantine at your destination or the flights to and from the country are cancelled, your employer may be entitled to dismiss you for unlawful absence.

Can my employer impose a 14-day home quarantine without salary if I return from a country where the health authorities do not recommend home quarantine?

No, your employer will not be able to do so because you have followed the authorities’ instructions, and your employer must therefore pay your salary if they ask you to stay at home.

Can you refuse to go to work for fear of being infected?

You will generally not be able to refuse attending work. Only your employer or the authorities can decide whether you attend work or not.

If there are specific conditions that make you feel insecure at the workplace, we urge you to talk to your employer about how this can be resolved, possibly by you working from home.

What is your position if your children are sent home from day care or nursery with suspicion of corona?

If your child is ill, you are entitled to absence with salary for taking care of sick children for five days or for the number of days specified in your collective agreement or employment contract. If your child must stay home for more than five days, we recommend that you have a dialogue with your employer about the possibility of working at home for the other days. 

If your child has been sent home but is not ill, you must agree on further terms for absence with your employer. You are entitled to stay home and take care of your children if you have no other option for childcare, so you can have a dialogue with your employer about the possibility of working from home during the absence.

Many companies have entered agreements for increased opportunities for working from home, and you can make use of those agreements in this situation. If it is not possible to work from home, your absence can be arranged as days off in lieu, holiday days or dependants’ leave.

What is your position if your child’s school or institution is temporarily closed?

You are entitled to stay home and take care of your children if you have no other option for childcare.

What is your situation if you are in a particular risk group and you feel unsafe about going to work?

If you feel unsafe, consult your doctor and discuss what it is that makes you feel unsafe about going to work. If the doctor assesses that your health is at risk by going to work, contact your employer and see if you can find a solution to remove the risk - e.g. by working from home, being removed from a workplace where you have a lot of person-to-person contact, or something else.

You are entitled to stay home if a situation where you can perform your work without risk to your health cannot be created. If your employer disagrees with this assessment however, there is a risk that your employer will not pay your salary, and in serious cases, you will be dismissed or suspended. If you cannot reach an agreement with your employer, you should contact Finansforbundet before leaving the workplace.

What is your situation if your child is in a particular risk group and you feel unsafe about going to work?

The answer is presumably the same as above, as if you were in a particular risk group, but is currently unresolved.

Should you report corona as an industrial injury?

We recommend that you report corona as an industrial injury if you have been infected at work. This is true even if you have not had a serious case or noticed any later complications.

You must report an industrial injury no later than one year after the injury has occurred. If you only experience later complications after this deadline and report the injury at this time, it may be difficult to meet the burden of proof that there is a connection between your infection with corona and the problems you are experiencing. You therefore risk the illness not being recognised as an industrial injury.

Corona can be recognised as an industrial injury (as an occupational accident or disease) and you may be entitled to compensation if:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • This is a specific incident or impact within five days in the form of a proven risk of infection at your work
  • There is a probable link between the risk of infection and the fact that you have been infected with COVID-19

You should be aware that you must be able to meet the burden of proof yourself if you are to have infection with COVID-19 recognised as an industrial injury.

How to report an industrial injury

If you want to report later complications after COVID-19:

  • Your employer must report the case to Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring (Labour Market Insurance)
  • The doctor who is treating you must report the case to Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring, or you must go to AES.dk and fill out a notification form yourself