As a general rule, the daily allowance is calculated whenever you fulfil the condition regarding employment. There are exceptions to that rule.
Re-calculation of the daily allowance
When you fulfil the condition regarding employment, the calculation of the maximum period for the daily allowance period will start over, and at the same time we will re-calculate your earnings-related daily allowance.
So as a general rule we will re-calculate your daily allowance whenever you fulfil the condition regarding employment.
We will not, however, re-calculate your daily allowance, if the maximum payment period in accordance with the re-calculated daily allowance were to start within one year from the beginning of the previous maximum period and if the daily allowance was calculated at the beginning of the previous maximum payment period. So we will re-calculate your daily allowance at most once a year. This applies to both the employee's and the entrepreneur’s daily allowance.
Daily allowance will not necessarily decrease or increase
As daily allowance is re-calculated at most once a year, your daily allowance will not decrease, even if you had taken on a short-term job in which the pay is lower than before.
On the other hand, it means that if you take on a short-term job in which the pay is higher than before, your daily allowance will not increase.
Protection for the daily allowance
When you fulfil the condition regarding employment again, and more than a year has passed since the previous calculation of daily allowance, we will re-calculate your daily allowance.
If, however, you have fulfilled the new condition regarding employment before the expiry of the previous maximum payment period, the new daily allowance is always at least 80 per cent of the earnings-related daily allowance paid to you previously.
So even if you had done work in which the pay was lower than before, the new daily allowance will not necessarily decrease in the same proportion.
This protection only concerns earnings-related daily allowance of employees. It does not provide protection for the earnings-related daily allowance of entrepreneurs.
Re-calculation of daily allowance in obligatory employment and for over 58-year-olds
If your condition regarding employment has been fulfilled in a job in which you have been employed on the basis of employment obligation, we will not re-calculate your daily allowance, unless the daily allowance calculated on the basis of new income information is higher than the previously determined daily allowance.
The same procedure is applied when your condition regarding employment has been fulfilled after you have turned 58. So we will not re-calculate your daily allowance, unless the daily allowance calculated on the basis of the new income information is higher than the previously determined daily allowance.
The requirement for both protection rules is that daily allowance has been paid previously. Otherwise there is nothing that the new daily allowance could be compared to.
Neither of the protection rules shall be applied to the daily allowance of entrepreneurs or in cases in which the person switches from an employee to entrepreneur and fulfils the entrepreneur’s condition regarding employment or vice versa. So the rule only protects employees.
Maximum time and re-calculation of daily allowance in an employment promotion service
The earnings-related daily allowance paid for the duration of independent studying and labour training supported with unemployment benefit accumulates the maximum time in the same way as during unemployment. So the payment of earnings-related daily allowance may end during training, if the maximum time is filled.
Independent studying or participating in labour training will not prevent the payment of earnings-related daily allowance for additional days.
In independent studying and labour training the level of earnings-related daily allowance is exceptionally not recalculated, and the maximum time shall not start from the beginning, even if the condition regarding employment were fulfilled during studying or training. This exception does not concern other employment promotion services than independent studying and labour training.
So if the condition regarding employment is fulfilled during independent studying or labour training, the daily allowance will not be recalculated and the maximum payment time will not start from the beginning. Only when the studies or training end, the daily allowance will be recalculated and the maximum payment time will start from the beginning.