New labour market service model and the employment plan

If you lose your job, the TE Services or the municipal authorities will draw up an employment plan with you, which you must follow. One of the requirements set out in the employment plan is the number of job applications you must submit per month in order to remain eligible for unemployment benefits.

The basic requirement is to apply for four jobs each month, but that can be adjusted according to job availability and the jobseeker’s functional capacity. Exceptions can be made for example if the jobseeker is unfit for work.

If you do not look for work as required by the plan, you can lose your right to unemployment benefits for a certain period of time. This is called a mandatory waiting period. TE Services issues a statement to Kela on the waiting period and its length.

What happens if you do not comply with the requirements of your employment plan?

If you do not look for work as required by the plan, the TE Services or the municipal authorities may issue a reminder to you.

If you again fail to apply for a job, the TE Services can impose a short mandatory waiting period during which Kela will not pay you unemployment benefits. The waiting period can be 5 or 10 days.

If you repeatedly fail to seek work, you can lose your right to unemployment benefits indefinitely. If you turn down a definitive job offer, you may be subject to a 45-day waiting period.

For periods of participation in employment promoting measures the benefit can be paid despite a qualifying period being set.

What are you required to do during and after the mandatory waiting period?

If you are completing a short waiting period of 5 or 10 days, you must continue to report the days you are unemployed to Kela.

If the waiting period lasts 45 days you must file a new claim for unemployment benefits after completing the waiting period. If you lose your right to unemployment benefits indefinitely, you will not be able to claim unemployment benefits until the TE Services or the municipal authorities have reinstated your right to benefits.

Further information about periods without benefit is available