Sickness allowance for unemployed persons

If you are an unemployed job-seeker you can receive sickness allowance. You can be paid unemployment allowance while you are completing the waiting period required to qualify for the sickness allowance.

Provide Kela with a medical certificate concerning your incapacity for work and tell the Employment and Economic Development Office about your incapacity. Also write in the days of incapacity in your unemployment status report. The sickness allowance cannot be paid at the same time as unemployment benefits.

Receiving sickness allowance does not count against the 500-day maximum limit for basic and earnings-related unemployment allowance.

Your entitlement to sickness allowance is evaluated in the context of the work you did before becoming unemployed. Remember to write your occupation in the claim. In some situations (for example if you have been unemployed for a long time or have recently finished school and have attained vocational qualifications), your fitness for work can be evaluated in the context of the kind of work that you are required to accept if you are offered it. Include in the claim also information about such work. The job-seeking plan drawn up by the Employment and Economic Development Office shows the types of work you are required to accept if you are offered it.