If you are laid off temporarily

If you are laid off temporarily, you can get unemployment benefits from your unemployment fund or from Kela. Being laid off temporarily, or furloughed, means that you do not work and are not paid, but your employment contract remains in force. The temporary lay-off may be for a specific period of time or until further notice.

If you are a member of an unemployment fund and meet a specified work requirement, follow the instructions of your unemployment fund to apply for an earnings-related unemployment allowance.

Notice on coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some entitlement criteria for the unemployment benefits, such as waiting period, work requirement and unemployment benefits for self-employed persons, have been changed temporarily. Summary of all the changes: Unemployment benefits during the coronavirus outbreak

How to apply for unemployment benefits from Kela if you are laid off temporarily:

  1. Register with the TE Services as an unemployed jobseeker by the first day of the lay-off. Unemployment benefits cannot be paid out unless you are registered as an unemployed jobseeker. The TE Services will issue a statement to Kela on your right to unemployment benefits.
    • If the lay-off has started on or after 16 March 2020, you can receive an unemployment benefit even if you are studying or you are self-employed. This is a temporary change that will be effective until 31 July 2020.
  2. Apply for unemployment benefits online. Log in to the e-service using your online bank credentials or a mobile ID. Please note that the e-service is available in Finnish and Swedish only.
  3. Scan or take a photo of any supporting documents and send them online.
    • You may wish to write a cover note if the document you are sending is relevant to several different benefits.
    • Documents that you have sent to the TE Services are not available to Kela.
    • If you have received copyright royalties, income from self-employment, dividend or rental income or significant interest income, Kela needs documentation on these.
    • Kela obtains salary information from the national incomes register. Kela uses this data when processing claims and applications. You will be contacted if additional information is required.
  4. Visit our e-service to see if your application has been decided, how much you will get and when you will be paid. You can also see any possible reminders concerning, for instance, documents missing from your application. A written decision on your application will be sent to you by post.

Alternatively, you can complete and print out the application form for the Unemployment benefits (TT1e, PDF). Mail your application along with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.

Complete unemployment status report regurarly

If the lay-off is extended, complete regularly an unemployment status report, indicating the days on which you are unemployed. If you work shorter hours because of a lay-off, write the number of hours and the days of work in the report.

If the period for which you are laid off changes, or you are made redundant, follow the instructions of the TE Services.

How the duration of a temporary lay-off affects your benefits

If you are laid off for one or more days per week, you are paid the full unemployment benefit of EUR 33.66 per day for each day on which you are laid off. A higher rate of benefit is paid if you have dependent children.

If you work shorter hours because of temporary lay-off, the unemployment benefit available to you is adjusted to your salary. This means that the benefit is reduced by your salary. Learn more about how benefits are affected by your salary.

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