Suspension period (Karenssi)


Suspension period, or karenssi in Finnish, is a concept of everyday language that means periods determined in the Unemployment Security Act for which no allowance is paid.
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Sometimes our customers also use it to talk about a personal liability period (waiting period, omavastuuaika in Finnish). However, the personal liability period (waiting period) is different from the suspension period for which no allowance is paid.

Period with no allowance

The purpose of unemployment security is to secure your financial opportunities to look for a job and improve your chances for entering and returning to the labour market. Job-seeking is one key requirement for an unemployment allowance.

If you do not look for work or do something else that stops you finding work, the TE Office may give you a suspension period, that is a period with no allowance.

When the TE office determines the length of  your suspension period, the TE Office look at how you have not fulfilled your obligation  as an unemployed job-seeker. Below is a list of causes for a waiting period:

  • If you quit your job without a valid reason, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for  90 days after the end of your employment relationship. If your job had lasted for  five days at the most, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for  30 days.
  • If you cause your employment relationship to end, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 60 days
  • If you refuse to take a job offered to you, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for  30 days starting from the refusal. If  you refuse, without a valid reason, to take a job to which you have been selected, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 90 days..  If you refuse, without a valid reason, to take a job other than one specifically appointed to you, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 60 days. If the employment offered to you  had lasted for  two weeks at the most, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 30 days.
  • If you do not go to the TE Office as agreed to draft or review  your re-employment plan, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 15 days after your failure to be present.
  • If you refuse, without a valid reason, the drafting or review of your re-employment plan, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 30 days after your refusal.
  • If you do not follow  what is agreed in the re-employment plan, without a valid reason, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 60 days after the TE Office notices the neglect.
  • If you refuse, without a valid reason, to participate in employment-promoting activities, you will not be entitled to an unemployment benefit for 60 days after your refusal.
  • If you interrupt, without a valid reason, a service agreed on with the TE Office, you will not be entitled to unemployment benefit for 60 days after the interruption.
  • If you act repeatedly in the way described above during a review period of six months, an obligation to work may be imposed to you. It means that your right to an unemployment benefit will not be restored until you have been at work or in employment-promoting activities, or worked as an entrepreneur for 12 calendar weeks.

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