A change in suspension period as of the beginning of July

The Employment Contracts Act was amended at the end of last year. Specifications were made in sections concerning termination of employment. At the same time, it was decided to amend the Employment Security Act as well, because the Employment Security Act includes consequences for termination of employment without an acceptable reason.

According to the currently valid law, you are not entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 90 days after the end of the employment, if you have resigned or caused the employment to end without a valid reason. If the employment would have lasted a maximum of five days, you are not entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 30 days.

After the amendment in July you will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 90 days after the end of the employment, if you have resigned without a valid reason. You will not be entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 60 days after the end of the employment if you have caused the employment to end. If the employment would have lasted a maximum of five days, you are not entitled to receive unemployment benefit for 30 days.

So the period for which no benefit is paid will be adjusted in cases where you have caused the employment to end. That is because by an amendment of the Employment Contracts Act the employers were given a clearer possibility to terminate an employment on reasons related to a person. As those cases may lead to a period for which no benefit is paid, it was decided to balance the situation by shortening the period for which no benefit is paid, i.e. the suspension period, in such cases.

This amendment will also enter into force on 1 July.

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