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Please notice that PAM and Unemployment Fund helplines are experiencing high call volumes especially in the morning. Answers to many questions is found on our web site.

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030 100 630 10 am to 2 pm

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030 100 625  10 am to 2 pm

Unemployment benefit advice 020 690 211 10 am to 2 pm

Laid off due to corona virus pandemic - how to apply for earnings related unemployment allowanc?

You are entitled to pay or sickness allowance during illness or sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease if you are in quarantine. While the sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease does not prevent the payment of the earnings-related unemployment allowance, it does reduce its amount. The coronavirus epidemic may also lead to temporary layoffs. The unemployment fund will provide earnings-related unemployment allowance to you if you are laid off.

The employer must announce temporary layoffs no later than 14 days before the layoff period is set to begin. There have been suggestions that this period should now be shortened to 5 days. The employer and employee may also agree on a layoff notice period that is shorter than 14 days on a case-by-case basis.

If you are laid off, register as an unemployed jobseeker at the latest on your first layoff day.
NB.! Only EU and EEA citizens can at the moment register as a jobseeker in the TE Office's online service. Read more.

Apply for earnings-related unemployment allowance.  You can submit your first application after two weeks of being laid off. If the layoff period is shorter than two weeks, you can apply for earnings-related unemployment allowance after the last day of layoffs. All applications and their attachments can be sent through our online service.

Attach at least the following documents to your application:

  • Lay off notice
  • Employment contract 

If you have been employed for a longer period before being laid off , attach a salary certificate for 26 weeks prior to the lay off . The unemployment fund can access your income information from the Incomes Register, but in many cases attaching the salary certificate may still help speed up the processing of your application.