Suspension period


Suspension period is a concept of everyday language that refers to the periods determined in the Unemployment Security Act for which no allowance is paid.

Sometimes it is also used by our customers to refer to personal liability period (waiting period). Personal liability period (waiting period) is, however, different from the suspension period for which no allowance is paid.

Period with no allowance

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

If you neglect job-seeking or act otherwise in ways that hinder your employment, the TE Office may impose a suspension period i.e. a period for which no allowance is paid.

The duration of the suspension period depends on in what way the TE Office considers you to have neglected 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 or cause the termination of employment, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for a period of 90 days after the end of the employment relationship. If the job had lasted for a maximum of five days, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for a period of 30 days.
  • If you refuse to take a job offered to you, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for a period of 30 days starting from the refusal. The right to receive unemployment benefit will be interrupted for 90 days, if you refuse without a valid reason to take a job to which you have been selected. The right to receive unemployment benefit will be interrupted for 60 days, if you refuse without a valid reason to take a job other than one specifically appointed to you. The right to receive the benefit will be interrupted for 30 days, if the offered employment had lasted for a maximum of two weeks.
  • If you fail to be in the TE Office as agreed for drafting or review of your re-employment plan, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 15 days after the 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 receive unemployment benefit for 15 days after the refusal.
  • If you neglect without a valid reason what is agreed in the re-employment plan, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 60 days after the TE Office notices the neglect.
  • If you refuse without a valid reason to participate in employment-promoting services, you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 60 days after the refusal.
  • If you interrupt without a valid reason a service agreed on with the TE Office, you will not be entitled to receive 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 the right to receive unemployment benefit will not be restored until you have been at work or in employment-promoting services or employed as an entrepreneur for 12 calendar weeks.

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