Government proposes temporary amendments to the Unemployment Security Act, Act on Financing Unemployment Benefits and Act on Unemployment Funds
The proposed amendments are intended to improve the financial position of persons in need of unemployment security in the difficult economic situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
- The five-day waiting period before a person is eligible for unemployment security would be abolished. This would concern earning-related allowance, basic unemployment allowance and labour market support. The allowances payable for these days would be funded by the State.
- The requirement concerning the period of employment for wage-earners that is a condition for being eligible for unemployment allowance would be shortened. The required period of employment would be 13 calendar weeks, instead of the present 26 calendar weeks. For non-owner family members of entrepreneurs, the required period of employment would be 26 calendar weeks instead of the present 52 calendar weeks.
- Unemployment allowances paid on the grounds of layoffs would not be taken into account in calculating the maximum period of payment that applies to the unemployment allowance. This amendment would improve unemployment security in cases where the unemployment is prolonged.