Legislative changes to promote employment among persons with partial work capacity
Proposals have been made in the Programme for persons with partial work capacity on legislative changes to help those with partial work capacity to cope with work or to get employment.
At the same time evaluations have been made on the success of employment services for those with partial work capacity.
Rehabilitation possibilities must always be ascertained
The working group which has evaluated the functionality of legislation and services puts emphasis in its final report on the significance of rehabilitation in the employment of those with partial work capacity. The possibilities for rehabilitation should always be assessed when a person applies for disability pension.
- Evaluation of changes in regulations needed to ease the employment of persons with partial work capacity (Reports of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2013:37) (in Finnish)
Changes in regulations that took effect on 1 January 2015
The work pension institutions will be required in the future to ascertain at their own initiative the entitlement of a person applying for disability to get occupational rehabilitation. If the prerequisites for granting rehabilitation are met, the person will be given a preliminary ruling on rehabilitation in addition to a decision on disability pension.
- The right to rehabilitation must be ascertained before disability insurance (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health press release 11.9.2014) (in Finnish)
Legislative change took effect at the beginning of 2015 on the basis of which students will have the right to study for short periods of time while on sick leave - that is, when the student is paid sickness allowance instead of the student allowance.
A small amount of study is seen to be a maximum of 40 percent of the normative goal for a term or academic year.
- Students to be entitled to small amount of study while on sick leave ((Ministry of Social Affairs and Health press release 21.8.2014) (in Finnish)
Changes in regulations that took effect on 1 January 2014
Access to occupational rehabilitation has been eased by taking into consideration other factors affecting the life situation of the person in question more broadly than before when authorising the rehabilitation. The return to work of a person with partial work capacity is supported by extending the period of partial sickness allowance to 120 days.
- Access to occupational rehabilitation will be easier, partial sickness allowance period to be extended (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health press release 12.12.2013) (in Finnish)
Disability pension can be put on hold in the future as well for a minimum of three months and a maximum of two years in the future as well. Putting disability pension on hold means that the payment of the pension is suspended for the period of work.
- It will be possible to put disability pension on hold in the future for temporary employment (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health press release 12.12.2013) (in Finnish)
Director-General Outi Antila, tel. +358 295 163 164, [email protected]