Short Term: Sickness Benefit

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HOW TO QUALIFY

SICKNESS BENEFIT FACTS

Eligibility Be an Insured Person, 14 years of age and not older than 65 years of age, in insurable employment, and medically certified as unable to work.
Qualifying Conditions Insured Person must be in insurable employment on the day the incapacity commenced, have at least 50 paid contributions, and no less than 5 paid contribution in the 13 weeks immediately before the illness.
Rate of Benefit 80% of average weekly insurable earnings for the first 156 days, and 60% of average weekly insurable earnings for the remaining 78 days.
Duration of Payment From the first day of incapacity and for a continuous period of sickness not exceeding 234 days. If unable to return to work due
to the sickness being of a permanent nature, claiming for Invalidity benefit is advised.

When to Apply Submit your claim form (SB1) within 14 days from the first day of illness as shown on medical certificate period.

Employer is to record on the salaries sheet (SM2), the salary or wages of the insured person for the13 weeks before the week illness commenced.

Subsequent claim(s) within 8 weeks do not require the submission of an SM2.

Claims not submitted within the 14 day submission period require a late notice to be submitted along with the claim stating the reason for the lateness to avoid possible loss of benefit.

FORM: Click to download the form(s): SB1 Sickness Form SM2/SB Salaries Record

SCHEDULE OF SOCIAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING CASH BENEFIT

Actual Weekly Earnings ($)Weekly Insurable Earnings ($)Employers’ Contributions ($)Employees’ Contributions ($)Total Contribution ($)Weekly Rate of Cash Benefits ($)
Under 70.0055.003.570.834.4044.00
70.00 to 109.9990.005.851.357.2072.00
110.00 to 139.99130.008.451.9510.40104.00
140.00 to 179.99160.009.653.1512.80128.00
180.00 to 219.99200.0011.254.7516.00160.00
220.00 to 259.99240.0012.856.3519.20192.00
260.00 to 299.99280.0014.457.9522.40224.00
300.00 and over320.0016.059.5525.60256.00
***2.600.002.60