If you get laid off

A lay-off is a temporary interruption of the performance of duties and payment of wages associated with an employment relationship, but with the relationship otherwise remaining in force.

An employer can lay off employees either for a fixed term or indefinitely. Lay-offs can be full-time or part-time. A full-time lay-off is one that lasts for an entire calendar week. A partial lay-off involves a shortened working week, meaning that your daily or weekly working hours have been reduced.

If you are laid-off, register as an unemployed jobseeker at the TE Office no later than the first day of the lay-off period.

Instructions for customers in local government pilots on employment 

If you are laid-off, follow the registration instructions and register as a jobseeker. After registering, you will be informed if you are transferred to a local government pilot on employment.  

Notify your municipality of residence of any changes during the lay-off, such as the termination of the lay-off. 

Jobseekers’ services during the local government pilots

Indefinite lay-offs

If you have been laid off indefinitely or your lay-off continues for longer than three months, read carefully on how to proceed after registering as an unemployed jobseeker with TE Services.

How to begin your job search

Fixed-term lay-offs

If your lay-off is temporary and continues for three months or less, it is unlikely you will need personalised service from one of our experts. You can contact the TE Office, however, if you want one-on-one service.  

If the lay-off period changes or your employment relationship ends, notify the TE Office immediately.

How to use the services

How to register when I have been laid off for a fixed period, less than three months. 1. Register as a jobseeker in the E-services at the latest on your first day of lay-off. 2. Please complete the registration form carefully. Indicate the duration and the implementation of the lay-off. We will only request attachments if necessary. 3. Apply for an unemployment benefit from an unemployment fund or Kela. TE services will notify them of your entitlement to unemployment benefits. 4. Notify via E-services if your lay-off continues, end earlier or you become unemployed.

Income during lay-offs

You will receive unemployment benefits during the lay-off period if you have registered as an unemployed jobseeker and the other prerequisites for receiving the benefit are also met. We will provide your unemployment fund or Kela with a labour policy statement on your right to receive unemployment benefit for the duration of your lay-off period. After this, you can apply for unemployment benefit.

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