The government asks employers to accept self-certification during employees’ quarantine period

Torbjørn Røe IsaksenMinister of Labour and Social Affairs.Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Conservative Party).Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
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Everyone who is in quarantine must ask their employer to use the self-certification so that they do not have to visit a doctor, urged Health Minister Bent Høie (H).

“It is very important that the GPs and emergency room doctors now use their expertise and manpower to treat patients, not write sick leave,” said Høie.

On Friday, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs provided the necessary permits that could, among other things, remove the requirement for a medical certificate for sick leave for a temporary period. The rules will be dealt with by the Storting next week.

But already today, employers have the opportunity to give their employees the right to use self-certification for the entire work period, which is the first 16 days of a sick leave. This opportunity should be used by employers to save the burden on the emergency room and GPs, said the government.

“Already, I would like to encourage employers to accept self-certification from employees following the authorities’ imposed quarantine requirements,“ said Labour and Social Affairs Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H).

On Friday, the emergency services reported a large increase in people who wanted sick leave because they had been placed in the home quarantine after a stay abroad.

“We would strongly encourage good dialogue between employer and employee in this demanding situation,” said Isaksen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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