Carer's allowance, how much and to whom


Who is entitled to care allowance

The carer's allowance is granted to employees covered by sickness insurance. And you should be without a waiting period. The care allowance is granted for 60 days a year for caring for a healthy child up to 8 years of age and for a sick child up to 14 years of age. In the case of caring for a sick child over the age of 14 or another family member, the carer's allowance is granted for 14 days. However, it should be noted that the period of care allowance in a given calendar year for the care of children up to 14 years of age and other family members is 60 days in total.

The allowance is granted to a person who is exempt from work due to the need to personally care for a healthy child until the age of 8 in a situation of:

  • an unplanned closing of a nursery, kindergarten or school;
  • childbirth or illness of the spouse who constantly looks after the child, which prevents him / her from providing this care;
  • stay of the spouse who is permanently caring for the child in a stationary health care institution.

Where both parents are employed in shift work, each parent is considered to be the constant carer. Therefore, in the event of illness, childbirth or stay of one spouse in a closed health care institution, the other is entitled to an allowance. When both parents are employed, but only one of them works in a shift system, the allowance is due only for the days when the child would be left unattended due to sickness, childbirth or the other parent's stay in a closed health care institution.

The carer's allowance is paid in the case of a sick child up to the age of 14.

In a situation where both or one of the parents is employed in a shift system, for the period of care in which both parents work on different shifts, and the sick child would remain unattended as a result of overlapping working hours due to commuting or commuting from work or to work. In the case of caring for another sick family member, they are entitled to an allowance only if the caregivers and the sick are in the same household for the duration of the care.

If the insured mother of the child, receiving maternity allowance for up to 8 weeks after childbirth, requires hospital care due to her health condition preventing her from taking personal care of the child, the insured father is then entitled to an additional care allowance of up to 8 weeks, not longer than up to 8 weeks old baby. This provision also applies to another insured member of the immediate family, if during this time he stops work or other gainful activity in order to take care of the child.

The care allowance is due for the period of sick leave from performing work due to the need to provide personal care. There are no more than 60 days in a calendar year. For the care of a healthy child under the age of 8 and in the case of a sick child under the age of 14, the allowance is 60 days. However, when it comes to caring for a child over 14 years of age or another sick family member, you are entitled to 14 calendar days a year.

In total, the period of the allowance for the care of children up to 14 years of age and other sick family members is 60 days in a calendar year.

Who is not entitled to care allowance

The carer's allowance is not entitled to:

  • for the periods when the insured retains the right to remuneration under special regulations;
  • during the period of unpaid or holiday leave;
  • during pre-trial detention or imprisonment, except in cases where the right to the benefit results from the sickness insurance of persons performing paid work on the basis of being sent to work while serving a custodial sentence or pre-trial detention;
  • for the period covered by the medical certificate, in the case of paid work during the sick leave or use of the sick leave inconsistently with the purpose of the leave, which was found during the control of the correct use of the sick leave from work carried out by the benefit payer.

The carer's allowance amounts to 80% of the salary or income constituting the basis for the allowance assessment.

Example 1.

Mr. Janusz, employed at company X in February 2012, took personal care of the child for 7 days. Then, from March 4 to March 14, 2012, he cared for his sick wife. In this case, the parents have 42 days to use this year (60 days - 18 days).