The Icelandic Vocational Rehabilitation Fund - VIRK, was founded in 2008 and the goal of the fund is to decrease systematically the probability that employees loose their jobs due to incapacity and sickness, by increasing their activities, promoting vocational rehabilitation and other interventions.
The VIRK consultants in the Union Sickness Funds provide assistance to help people stay or become more active. They work closely with the employees and meet with them on regular basis. They also work closely with employers, the health care centres as well as the unions and other parties of interest.
Employers are under the obligations by the collective agreement to pay 0,13% of each worker´s wages to the fund. The Penson Funds and the state fund Virk as well.