Some of the changes made due to the coronavirus will continue to be in force until the end of March

Some of the temporary legislative amendments to unemployment security will continue to be in force until the end of March next year. However, the changes relating to the waiting period, working condition and the maximum payment period will expire at the end of 2020.

The increase to the exempt amount will be valid until March 2021, which means that with a one-month adjustment period the maximum exempt amount is EUR 500 and EUR 465 with an adjustment period of four weeks. An unemployed person or a laid-off person can earn an amount equivalent to the maximum exempt amount in income without it reducing the earnings-related daily allowance. The increased exempt amount applies to application periods that start on 31 March 2021 at the latest.

Mobility allowance can be obtained on the basis of an employment relationship that starts no later than 31 March 2021 and for a full-time job commute if the daily round trip lasts more than two hours. Mobility allowance can also be obtained if you move in search of work.

The specific adjustment period is still not applied. For application periods that start no later than 31 March 2021, income from work will be adjusted in four-week or one-month periods, even if the period contains days during which the applicant is not entitled to unemployment benefits. In other words, wages paid during the period are taken into account in the adjustment even if the applicant is not entitled to unemployment benefits on the date the wages are paid. In return, wages paid during the adjustment period are not converted to match the monthly salary. Instead, they are considered as they are.

In addition, entrepreneurs can report their income themselves if their level of income has changed due to the coronavirus. Normally, taxation information of the previous year is used for the adjustment of income from entrepreneurial activities. This change applied to application periods starting no later than 31 March 2021.

Some of the coronavirus changes expire at the turn of the year

Some of the temporary changes will expire at the end of 2020.

As of 1 January 2021, we will no longer be able to pay earnings-related daily allowance for the duration of the waiting period. If we have started paying the daily allowance by 31 December 2020 at the latest, we can pay earnings-related daily allowance for the waiting period as well.

The maximum payment period of earnings-related daily allowance will start to run again from 1 January 2021 onwards. During the coronavirus pandemic, the maximum payment period has been used for laid-off persons from 16 March 2020 to 31 December 2020 and from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 for those who are unemployed.

As of 1 January 2021, the working condition of earnings-related allowance will be 26 weeks again. The 13-week working condition, shortened due to the coronavirus, can be applied if the payment of earnings-related daily allowance begins no later than 31 December 2020. This means that the requirement of 13 calendar weeks of the changed working condition and the membership condition must be met by 31 December 2020 at the latest.

As of 1 January 2021, the TE Office will resume examining whether the entrepreneurial activity of a jobseeker is the main source of income or part-time. In addition, unemployed jobseekers are again required to make an employment plan at the TE Office.

Some of the coronavirus changes are still being decided on

The Finnish Government has proposed that the validity of the temporary provision of the Unemployment Security Act on the right of laid-off persons to unemployment security would be extended until 31 December 2021. However, the provision would only be extended so that full-time studies would not prevent receiving unemployment benefits during the lay-off period until the end of next year. The other labour policy requirements for receiving unemployment benefit would apply from 1 January 2021 onwards.

According to the same proposal, the validity of the temporary provision of the Unemployment Security Act on non-implementation of the employment plan would be extended until 31 January 2021.

During the coronavirus pandemic, entrepreneurs have had the right to apply for the labour market subsidy. According to the proposal, the validity of temporary provision would be extended until 31 March 2021.

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