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Frequently asked questions about the changes to the determination of allowances – due date before 4 September 2022

The information on this page applies to your family if:

  • the estimated due date of your baby was before 4 September 2022
  • you adopted a child and the child was placed in your care on or before 30 July 2022.

Maternity allowance, special maternity allowance and parental allowance can no longer be applied for. Paternity allowance can still be applied for.

Click here for further information on daily allowances for parents when the estimated due date of the baby was on or after 4 September 2022.

Yes, you can. Graduation is one situation when the allowance can be determined on the basis of the incomes for a 3-month period. Graduation means that you take a degree or qualification, e.g. a vocational qualification or a Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree of higher education.

A further requirement is that the income for 3 months multiplied by 4 is at least 20% higher than the annual income determined on the basis of the 12-month reference period.

You can apply for an allowance and report the incomes for a 3-month period if you have been absent from the labour market due to child care. Please note that you cannot at the same time be an unemployed jobseeker or a full-time student. In such cases, the main reason for being absent from the labour market is not child care.

A further requirement is that the income for 3 months multiplied by 4 is at least 20% higher than the annual income determined on the basis of the 12-month reference period.

Sick leaves do not affect the situation and they also do not change the reference period. If some exceptional circumstances occur during the reference period, the annual income is always calculated on the basis of the income for the last 3 calendar months of the 12-month reference period. Any sickness allowance or pay you may have received during the sick leave will be taken into account in the annual income.

Earnings are taken into account in the annual income according to the payment date. If the payment date falls in the 12-month reference period, the earnings are taken into account in the annual income.

No, they are not. The light entrepreneur’s entrepreneurial income only includes the income confirmed for statutory earnings-related pension insurance purposes (Self-Employed Persons’ Pensions Act YEL or Farmers’ Pensions Act MYEL).

Under law, the employer must report the wage data to the national incomes register. You can check through the e-service of the national incomes register if the employer has reported the wages paid to you. To log in you need online banking codes or a mobile certificate.

Last modified 3/11/2023

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