A) SICKNESS BENEFIT (Weekly Cash Benefit)

How to Qualify

YOU MUST

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

TIME REQUIREMENT

• Be an insured contributor

• Be 14 years or over and under 65 years

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 5 paid contributions in 13 weeks, immediately before illness

• Be in insurable employment on the day in which incapacity occurrs

• Not working for the period certified sick

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1)
The medical certificate on SB1 section must show cause of illness and number of days you are unable to work

• Claim must be signed and dated by a registered doctor in Belize

• Certificate must be signed and dated by the insured contributor

• Employer to declare claimant’s employment status.  Record the salary or wages (SM2 Form) of the insured contributor 13 weeks before the week illness commenced.  Attach SM2 to the SB1 Form

• A completed claim includes both SB1 and SM2 forms

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1), within 4 days from the first day of illness shown on the medical certificate
 

Please click here to download form SB1

• If the claim is not submitted within 4 days, good reason must be given and recorded by the insured contributor

• No sum shall be paid for any period, more than 13 weeks before the date the claim was made

• Sickness Benefit will be paid by Social Security as of day one of incapacity as shown on medical certificate.

 

What is the Benefit?

Rate of Benefit Payment

Period of Benefit Payment

• 80% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings of insured contributor, in 13 weeks before illness

• If sickness period exceeds 26 weeks, additional 13 weeks are paid at 60% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings

• The minimum benefit payable is $44.00 weekly for the first 182 days, and $33.00 weekly for the remaining 91 days.

• The maximum benefit is $256.00 weekly for the first 182 days, and $192.00 weekly for the remaining 91 days.

Sickness Benefit will be paid by Social Security as of day 1 of incapacity shown on medical certificate.

• As of 1st day of illness payment includes Sundays

• Payment to continue as long as employee is medically certified unable to work

• Continues as long as employee is not at work, due to illness

 

B) SICKNESS BENEFIT immediately following maternity leave period (SEE MATERNITY BENEFIT) (Weekly Cash Benefit)

How to qualify for Sickness Benefit, after maternity leave period

YOU MUST

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

TIME REQUIREMENT

• Be unable to return to work due to complications arising from delivery

• Be an insured contributor

• Be 14 years or over and under 65 years

• Have 50 paid contributions

• Have 5 paid contributions in 13 weeks, immediately before going on Maternity Leave

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1)
The medical certificate on SB1 section must show cause of illness and number of days you are unable to work

• Claim must be signed by a registered doctor in Belize.  Certificate must be signed and dated by the insured contributor.

• Employer must declare claimant’s employment status.  Record the salary or wages(SM2 Form) of the insured contributor 13 weeks before the week illness commenced.  Attach SM2 to the SB1 Form

• Submit claim on prescribed form (SB1), within 4 days from the first day of illness as shown on the medical certificate
 

Please click here to download form SB1

• If claim is not submitted within 4 days, good reason must be given and recorded by the insured contributor

• No sum shall be paid for any period, more than 13 weeks before the date the claim was made

 

How much and for how long is Sickness Benefit, after maternity leave period?

Rate of Benefit Payment

Period of Benefit Payment

• 80% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings of insured contributor, in 13 weeks before Maternity Leave commenced

• If sickness period exceeds 26 weeks, additional 13 weeks are paid at 60% of Average Weekly Insurable Earnings

• As of 1st day of illness

• Payment includes Sundays

• Payment to continue as long as employee is medically certified unable to work

• Continues as long as employee is not at work, due to illness (complications arising from delivery)

• For a maximum period of 39 weeks

GUIDELINE FOR COMPUTING (1) SICKNESS BENEFIT

*Cash Benefit is 80% of the Average Weekly Insurable Earnings, payable for Sickness, Injury and Maternity.

*After 26 weeks of illness, weekly cash benefit for additional 13 weeks is calculated at 60% of the Average Weekly Insurable Earnings. Maximum period for Sickness Benefit is 39 weeks, after which the insured contributor can apply for Invalidity Benefit.