The Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) informed about changes in the rules for granting care allowance. He explained that it is not necessary to close the entire school, kindergarten or nursery for the parent to be entitled to the benefit, and it is enough to close, for example, a class. The new interpretation of the provisions results from the guidelines of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy.
The insured parent can now benefit from Childcare Benefit when the child is sick, in home isolation or in quarantine. He may also receive Childcare Benefit when he has to look after a healthy child under the age of 8 due to the unexpected closure of a nursery, children’s club, kindergarten or school where the child attends.
Care allowance – ZUS spokesman on the new rules
– Due to the changing epidemic situation, the closure of the institution should also include the closure of, for example, a kindergarten class or group. This means that the entire school, kindergarten or nursery does not have to be closed for the parent to be entitled to the care allowance “- ZUS spokesman Paweł Żebrowski told PAP.
– If, for example, due to the detection of a coronavirus in a student, classes are suspended only in the class that the student attends, the care allowance will be granted not only to the parents of children who have been quarantined for contact with an infected person, but also to the parents of the students in the closed class who did not have such contact, because they were not at school during this period (for example due to a cold, departure) – explained the spokesman.
Family ministry guidelines
He noted that this interpretation applies to unfinished and newly submitted cases. He added that the new interpretation of the provisions results from the guidelines of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy and is in line with the emerging jurisprudence of the courts in this respect.
– The change also meets the expectations of parents and guardians of children who cannot benefit from care in institutions due to COVID-19 – emphasized the spokesman.
Carer’s allowance – rules
The care allowance is granted to the child’s mother or father, and it is paid to the parent who applies for it. The allowance is paid in the amount of 80 percent. salary. It can be requested when there are no other family members who can provide care for the child.
During the year, the allowance is granted for no longer than 60 days, if the parent looks after a healthy child under 8 or a sick child under 14, including a disabled child at this age. For a child over 14 years of age or another sick family member, the allowance is only granted for 14 days. For a disabled child over 14 but under 18, the allowance is granted for 30 days.
In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the government allowed parents who had to look after their children to take advantage of the additional care allowance when classes in schools, kindergartens and nurseries were suspended. Initially, the additional allowance was granted for 14 days, but the government gradually extended its duration. Recently, it was due until June 25. So far, the government has not decided to resume it.
Coronavirus in Poland
The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday about 19,074 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. The ministry also said that 526 people suffering from COVID-19 have died. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,540,061 infections have been confirmed in Poland, 83,583 of those infected have died.
Tuesday’s epidemic data report shows that:
– 27,232 beds are intended for patients with COVID-19 (+751 compared to the previous day), – of which 21,172 beds are occupied by patients with COVID-19 (+651), – 2,460 ventilators are intended for patients with COVID -19 (+22), – 1,825 respirators are currently in use (+5) – 681,485 people are quarantined (+47 628), – 3,038,451 people have recovered (+15,680).
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