Temporary exceptions of unemployment security will continue to the end of November

The Finnish Government has proposed that the period of validity of the exceptive enactments made to the unemployment security due to the epidemic be extended. The extending of the exceptive enactments facilitates the position of benefit applicants and makes the implementation more fluent.

The extending of the amendments has not yet been passed by the Parliament. We will inform you when the matter proceeds. If the extension of the exceptive enactments is approved as planned, the amendments will be applied as follows:

Increase in earnings disregard

The earnings disregard of unemployment security has been increased to 500 euros per month during the exceptional period.

If the proposed extension is approved, we could apply the increased earnings disregard, if the application period starts on 30 November 2021 at the latest.

For application periods starting on 1 December 2021 and after the earnings disregard would be returned to 300 euros.

Mobility allowance

According to the exceptive enactment, you may receive mobility allowance for a full-time job you have started while unemployed based on commute of over two hours. The application of this provision would continue in such a way that the exception would be in force if the employment starts on 30 November 2021 at the latest.

The required duration of commute for mobility allowance will be three hours in full-time employment if the employment starts on 1 December 2021 or after.

Advance payment

In certain cases, we can pay earnings-related daily allowance before issuing a decision. Temporarily we have been able to pay earnings-related daily allowance in advance for a maximum of six months. This option would be extended to 30 November 2021.

Special adjustment period

We would introduce the special adjustment period again for application periods starting on 1 December 2021 and after. Adjustment of entrepreneurial income can be done on the basis of the information provided by the applicant. The reported income information need not be checked afterwards. The exception concerns application periods starting on 30 November 2021 at the latest.