Edited: 14.03.2016 - 12:32
Keywords: Unemployment fund
Job alternation compensation
Job alternation leave may be taken by people whose working hours have accounted for at least 75% of a full-time employee’s working hours and who have agreed on this with their own employer. The Unemployment Fund pays job alternation compensation for periods of job alternation leave.
Conditions for receiving job alternation compensation
1. You have made a job alternation agreement with your employer.
2. Your employment has been full-time and has lasted at least 13 successive months.
3. You have at least 10 years of employment history, including periods of family leave and entrepreneurship.
The minimum duration of job alternation leave is 90 successive calendar days and the maximum duration is 359 calendar days altogether. The leave can be divided into 90-day periods, which must be specified in the job alternation agreement to be made before leave begins. It is also possible to agree on extending job alternation leave during the leave, however, no later than 2 months before the end of the agreed leave.
You must take the entire job alternation leave within two years of its start. After the leave, you are entitled to return to your previous or an equivalent job.
The amount of compensation is 70% of the unemployment allowance to which you would be entitled if you were to become unemployed. The job alternation compensation is determined on the basis of earnings from employment over a minimum period of 52 weeks before the leave. No child supplement or increased earnings-related component under the Unemployment Security Act (1290/2002) will be taken into account when calculating the amount of compensation. If you have at least 25 years of employment history, the level of compensation is 80% of your unemployment allowance.
You are not entitled to job alternation compensation if:
- you receive pay or holiday pay from your own employer;
- you work full-time for another employer for a period of more than two weeks;
- you are a full-time entrepreneur;
- you receive benefits under the Unemployment Security Act;
- you receive sickness allowance, maternity, paternity or parental allowance or special child care allowance, or you are on leave due to pregnancy, childbirth or child care;
- you are performing military or non-military national service.