Child in Coronavirus Self-Isolation? Parent Can Take Sick Leave

Lauren Simmonds

As Croatian children finally begin preparing to go back to school and not study from home, many questions have been running through the minds of concerned parents. Just what does a child in coronavirus self-isolation mean for a working parent?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 5th of September, 2020, Dijana Vuksan from HZZO explained to N1 something that has more than likely been on the minds of many parents are children finally begin returning back to school – what happens in situations if a child becomes infected with the new coronavirus or is prescribed a measure of self-isolation?

“If the competent epidemiologist determines that a child must go into coronavirus self-isolation, a parent is entitled to compensation of their salary during their temporary absence, which is charged to HZZO from the very first day. In case the child is younger than three years of age, then a parent is entitled to salary compensation in the amount of 100 percent of the determined base, and if the child is older than three years of age, then in the amount of 70 percent of the determined base to the maximum prescribed amount of 4,257 kuna,” stated Dijana Vuksan.

This is the former [way of doing] sick leave, she added: “The compensation in the case of care, ie coronavirus self-isolation of the child and the isolation of the parents, will be the same. The maximum monetary amount is 4257 kuna. If the parent is not assigned self-isolation but only the child is, then their doctor will determine the case of temporary impediment due to the child’s care. “

It is then sick leave based on the child’s illness, she explained further. However, if the need for parental isolation is subsequently determined, the cause changes, but the compensation remains the same. “It isn’t an obligation but a parent’s right. If they can organise babysitting or they can manage to work from home, then they don’t necessarily have to use the right to this salary compensation,” Vuksan pointed out.

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