Insurer offers football flu coverage
9 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch insurance company has a policy to compensate companies for the high levels of absenteeism expected when the national soccer team plays.
9 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch insurance company has a policy to compensate companies for the high levels of absenteeism expected when the national soccer team plays.
Companies that take out the policy are covered when employees report sick on match day and the following day due to 'orange fever'.
Provider SEZ, headquartered in the Dutch town of Reeuwijk, confirmed to newspaper 'De Telegraaf' on Tuesday that the policy also covers Holland's matches during the World Cup in Germany next month.
SEZ's commercial director Dennis Marsaar said it is not possible for companies to obtain coverage purely for the World Cup.
Generally, sick leave insurance pays out after the employee has been off for two weeks. SEZ's policy covers the first two days, if employees ring in sick on the day the Dutch soccer team has a match.
There is clear evidence that a Dutch match can cause a wave of illnesses throughout the land.
ArboNed, an occupational health and safety institute, examined absentee rates during EUR 2004 in Portugal. It found 19 percent more workers reported sick on the day the Dutch faced Latvia. Winning the match only served to generate 15 percent more ill workers the following day.
And the illness rate was 3 percent higher when the Dutch took on the host nation in the semi final. Portugal won 2-1, but lost to Greece in the final.
[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news, World Cup News