Temporary changes to unemployment security

The Finnish Parliament confirmed in June that the temporary legislative changes made earlier in spring to unemployment security will not expire until the end of 2020.

At the same time a further change was added to legislation. Earlier it was adopted that the maximum number of earnings-related allowance days were not counted, if you were temporarily laid off. As of 1 of July 2020 until the end of the year, this will also affect all fully or partly unemployed people applying for the allowance.

The government has approved an addition to the law, which will extend the temporary changes to the standard entitlement and the mobility allowance until the end of the year. With this change, the standard entitlement for part-time or temporary work will also be EUR 500 for the rest of the year.

Check the table below, which includes all temporary changes to unemployment security and their expiration dates.

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Earnings-related allowance will be paid even for the five days self-liability period starting from the first day of unemployment or temporary lay-off.

Concerns the applications where self-liability period would have been set on 16 of March to 31 of December 2020.

For example, if the first self-liability date is 31 December 2020, the self-liability period may also expire in 2021 and the earnings-related allowance will be paid for the self-liability dates. self-liability period does not have to be completed within 8 weeks.

Earnings-related allowance can be granted already after three months work (13 calendar weeks). One has to be a member of an unemployment fund during that time. * Concerns the applicants, who would not otherwise fulfill the employment condition; have worked for at least one calendar week that accrues employment condition after 1 of March 2020, and; would be granted the earnings-related allowance on 31 of December 2020 at the latest. **
Maximum number of earnings-related allowance days (300-500 days) will not be counted during temporary lay-off. Concerns lay-offs that have started on 16 of March 2020 or after. The lay-off days will not be counted between 16 of March and 30 of June 2020.
Maximum number of earnings-related allowance days (300-500 days) will not be counted (in any circumstances). Maximum number of days will not be counted during 1 of July until 31 of December 2020.
Standard entitlement will temporarily be set to 500 euros per month. Concerns application periods that have started between 1 of June and 31 of December 2020.
(Update 5.1.2021: the parliament has accepted that the validity will continue until 31.3.2021.)
Mobility allowance can be applied for after two hours return commute, if you have started a full-time job. Concerns employment relationships that have started during 12 of June and 31 of December 2020.
(Update 5.1.2021: the parliament has accepted that the validity will continue until 31.3.2021.)
An entrepreneur can apply for labour market subsidy when income from business has decreased due to coronavirus. Labour market subsidy can be applied for from 16 of March until 31 of December 2020.
(Update 20.11.2020: the government has proposed that the validity will be extended until 31.3.2021.)
Entrepreneurship or studies will not be investigated in the TE Office, if you are temporarily laid-off. In effect from 16 of March to 31 of December 2020.
(Update 20.11.2020: The government has proposed that the studies of the laid-off should not be examined until 31.12.2021.)
Interviews of job seekers will partly be stopped in the TE Office. In effect from 16 of March to 31 of December 2020.
Right to unemployment security will exceptionally remain in the following cases:

  • – job seeker has not answered to questions related to the evaluation of need of service or drawn up a draft for employment plan in the TE Office’s online service
  • – job seeker has not fulfilled the employment plan of the TE Office
  • – job seeker has dropped out from a service that promotes employment due to coronavirus
  • – short-time studies have prolonged to over 6 months due to coronavirus
In effect from 16 of March to 31 of December 2020.
Until the end of the year, TE Office can make exemptions on how the independent studies of a job seeker have progressed and give extra time, if the studies have been delayed due to coronavirus. In effect from 1 of August to 31 of December 2020.

* For family members of an entrepreneur, the employment condition has been halved to 26 weeks.

** If the applicant still has unpaid basic unemployment allowance days left from Kela, the 13 weeks employment condition can be applied, when a working week has been counted in the employment condition after 1 of July 2020. This is because those applying for basic unemployment allowance were now included in the later change of legislation.

Source for table: tyj.fi

Updated on 20 of October 2020: the standard entitlement is EUR 500 per month until 31 of December 2020.

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