Ministry announced extension of the coronavirus acts

The Government has proposed that the exceptional provisions concerning unemployment security valid until the end of March 2021 will be extended to the end of June 2021. Parliament has not yet decided on the extension. YTK is following up the situation.

Increase of the exempt amount of unemployment security will be extended

The increase of the exempt amount of unemployment security from 300 euros to 500 euros per month (from 279 euros to 465 euros per four calendar weeks) will be extended to the end of June 2021. The exempt amount is the amount that an unemployed job-seeker can earn without it affecting the unemployment benefit.

Required duration of commute for mobility allowance will remain shortened

Mobility allowance can still be paid temporarily for full-time employment, if the person’s daily return trip to work at the beginning of employment exceeds two hours instead of the current requirement of three hours. Mobility allowance can also be paid, if the person moves from a corresponding distance because of a job.

Unemployment benefit can be paid as expanded advance also in the future

Unemployment benefit can still be temporarily paid based on an application as advance without a decision for a maximum of six months instead of the regular two months.

Loosened processing of benefit applications will continue

In the adjustment of unemployment benefit, the special adjustment period and the calculated salary related thereto would not be applied before 1 July 2021. The adjustment of entrepreneurial income based on the entrepreneur’s own announcement will also continue.

The extension of the exceptional laws is intended to enter into force as soon as possible, and they would be valid until 30 June 2021.