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Temporary lay-offs due to COVID-19

The coronavirus epidemic is fought with various restrictions and closure measures. These affect the operations of companies, which is why many have been laid off this year and last year. On this page, we have collected key instructions on how to apply for earnings-related daily allowance when you are laid off due to COVID-19.

Tips concerning lay-offs related to COVID-19

  1. Register with the TE Office as a job seeker as soon as you are laid off or made redundant. The TE Office's statement on lay-offs or unemployment is a prerequisite for the payment of daily allowance and cannot take effect retroactively. Submit your registration online at

  2. Already before the lay-off, ask your employer to report your pay data to the Incomes Register using the detailed reporting method and to submit all voluntary data (if any). In this case, it is highly likely that the information required for calculating your unemployment allowance is directly available to us.

  3. Obtain a tax card for the benefit through the Tax Card Online service. In the same field where you enter the estimated benefit amount, you can state that the General Unemployment Fund YTK is a receiver of your tax information. That way, we will get the information directly from the Tax Administration. This allows us to withhold tax by using the percentages stated directly on the revised tax card. If we are using a tax card that was calculated for wages, the withheld tax is at least 25%. We have received a tax card for wages automatically from the Tax Administration if your membership was valid already last year. Use our daily allowance calculator to estimate the total amount of daily allowance for the entire lay-off period. You can use this information when ordering a new tax card.

  4. When the lay-off or unemployment has lasted for at least two weeks, apply for daily allowance through OmaYTK. The service will guide you in completing the application. If the lay-off or unemployment lasts for less than two weeks, you can submit an application immediately after the lay-off/unemployment ends. Note! Daily allowance is always applied for retroactively, i.e. first no earlier than for two weeks, then retroactively for periods of at least one month or four weeks. You should apply for daily allowance no later than within three months.

  5. If the lay-off or unemployment continues, submit an extension application retroactively every four weeks or every month. Keep in mind that you must apply for daily allowance retroactively no later than within three months. In other words, we cannot pay daily allowance for the time exceeding three months.

  6. If the lay-off is changed from part-time to full-time, apply for daily allowance in the normal rhythm. Notify us of any changes. If you change the application period, it may cause a delay in the daily allowance payments.

  7. Further instructions on applying and on earnings-related daily allowance during lay-off is available here.

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