Sick beyond one year
When you have been on sick leave for 1 year, the right to sickness benefits ends. You must apply for other benefits if you cannot return to full-time work after this date. You may be entitled to a disability pension from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and possibly a work assessment allowance from NAV. During this period, you can apply for a leave of absence from your job at UiO.
Disability pension from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Time-limited disability pension
- If you must reduce your hours because of illness or injury, you may be entitled to a disability pension from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A disability pension is normally paid when you have been on sick leave for one year.
Permanent disability pension
- A permanent disability pension is granted if it is unlikely that the person on sick leave will recover his or her earning/work capability.
- This will normally only be considered once you have been on sick leave for a year and have undergone further medical treatment and/or participated in employment schemes.
- The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund can grant a disability pension for all disability levels.
- If you are applying for a disability pension from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund because you have a disability level of 50 percent or more, you are required to also apply for a disability pension or rehabilitation benefit (AAP) from the National Insurance Scheme.
- In consultation with your doctor, you must apply for a disability pension to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (spk.no) (Norwegian).
- The Absence Group at the Payroll Office sends a pension notification to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund with information about the end-date of your salary and your disability level.
- The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund's processing time is 3 months from the date your application and the notification from your employer have been received.
- If you are granted a disability pension, you will be paid a salary until the end of the month in which the end-date of your salary payment falls, as the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund always starts payment from the first of the month after the end of your salary payment.
- The disability pension from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is pensionable.
- If you are granted a partial disability pension, you will accumulate new sickness benefits rights while you work.
- You can use the self-declaration sick leave days and sick leave days certified by medical personnel as of day 17 after you have started receiving a partial disability pension.
- During the accrual period, you can be on sick leave within 16 calendar days.
Work assessment allowance from NAV
- If your level of disability is 50% or higher, you must apply to NAV for a work assessment allowance.
- You can receive a work assessment allowance while you are
- under active treatment
- participating in employment schemes
- testing your work capability (increasing workplace participation after an illness)
- being followed up on by NAV after treatment and measures have been tried
- Contact your doctor to submit an application for a work assessment allowance - NAV 11-13.05 (nav.no) (Norwegian) to NAV.
- In order to receive a work assessment allowance, you must submit an employment status form every 14 days.
- The work assessment allowance is equivalent to 66% of your income.
- If you are working part time while receiving a work assessment allowance, you will not be entitled to sickness benefits from UiO. You cannot use self-certification sick days or provide a medical certificate to your employer if you become ill.
- Shorter absences must be reported to NAV. NAV will then increase your work assessment allowance while you are ill.
- Furthermore, you will not start earning rights to new sickness benefits even though you have partially returned to work.
Leave of absence from your position at UiO
- You can apply for leave without pay from all or part of your position at the University during the same period that you receive time-limited disability benefits/a work assessment allowance.
- Leave without pay is normally granted for up to 1 year. Read more about UiO's policy regarding leave of absence without salary (Norwegian).
- You will receive a leave letter from your workplace to confirm the period of leave. The letter will also describe the rights and responsibilities you have while you are on leave.