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Temporary lay-offs

If you have been laid-off for whole days, you will receive a full benefit

During a temporary lay-off, work and salary payments are interrupted until a certain date or for certain days or hours.

  • If you have been temporarily laid-off until a certain date, you will receive a full earnings-related allowance.
  • If  your working days have been reduced due to a temporary lay-off, you will receive a full earnings-related allowance.
  • If your working hours have been reduced due to a temporary lay-off, you will receive a daily allowance relative to your salary.

As soon as you are laid-off, register as a job-seeker via the TE Office’s online service. You will be registered immediately. It is not, however, possible to have this registration applied retrospectively to, for example, the previous day. Earnings-related allowance may be paid only for the period in which the registration is valid.

You can calculate the estimate for the earning allowance using the daily allowance calculator.

Claiming the allowance

Instructions on how to claim the earnings-related allowance can be found here. If you are laid-off, remember the following

  • Your initial application must be accompanied by copies of the lay-off notice and the contract
  • Claims must always be completed using entire calendar weeks
  • You must send the unemployment fund salary statements for both the lay-off period and any periods between lay-offs. This will allow the fund to track when your entitlement to the daily allowance starts from scratch.

If the time in work has been reduced by less than 20% per week, you can not receive unemployment benefits

The earnings-related allowance may be paid during a lay-off period if the work is carried out for up to 80% of the maximum working time of the industry in question. If you have been laid-off, your working hours will be calculated in terms of calendar weeks. This means that if the 80% limit is exceeded during a calendar week, the payment of the daily allowance for that week will be blocked.

Lengthy lay-offs

If you are laid-off in such a way that you are in work for part of a week or day, any work weeks with a minimum of 18 hours of work will be accumulated as a new earning daily allowance. When a total of 26 weeks of 18 hours a week work is accumulated, the earnings-related allowance payment period starts from scratch. The amount of the daily allowance is also recalculated unless the daily allowance has already been calculated once during the previous year. The non-remunerated personal liability period will also start from scratch at the beginning of the daily allowance period unless it has already been implemented once in the previous year.

If you resign/voluntarily terminate your contract, interrupting a lay-off period of at least 200 consecutive days, you will not be subject to a cooling off period. In this case, you will receive the appropriate compensation from your employer. You will not receive earnings-related allowance for this period and it does not accumulate as part of the 26 weeks of work.