Temporary disability: information for workers

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1. How will preventive isolation periods be considered in COVID-19 processes?

These periods will be considered as temporary disability due to common illness, regardless of their treatment for the economic benefit as an exceptional assimilation to the contingency of accident at work.


2. Who will issue the sick leave, confirmation and discharge reports for COVID-19 processes? What will be the contingency to communicate in these cases?

  • The Public Health Service of the Autonomous Community, to which the worker is linked according to their address, will be responsible for issuing the sick leave, confirmation and discharge reports.
  • Despite being issued as common diseases, they will be treated, only for economic purposes, as the cases arising from accidents at work.


4. To which entity does the payment of the temporary disability correspond in these cases?

  • The full salary on the day of the sick leave will be paid by the employer, regardless of whether or not there has been any actual work done on the day of the medical sick leave.
  • From the following day onwards, the entity that protects the professional contingency of the company's workers will be responsible for the temporary disability.


5. Who will be in charge of providing medical assistance and controlling medical reports in these cases?

Medical assistance and medical report control will be carried out by the Public Health Service.

6. What will be the date of the event causing temporary disability due to COVID-19? What about cases prior to the entry into force of RDL 6/2020 of 10 March?

  • The date of the causal event shall be that on which the isolation or illness of the worker is agreed, without prejudice to the fact that the sick leave report is issued after that date.
  •  For those periods of isolation or illness that have occurred prior to the entry into force of  Royal Decree-Law 6/2020 of 10 March (date of entry into force: 12 March 2020), the application of the above shall be implemented retroactively to the date on which the isolation or diagnosis of the disease has been agreed. Therefore, the financial benefit for temporary disability that was caused at that time must be considered as a situation assimilated to an accident at work.


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