The rights and obligations of an unemployed jobseeker

Unemployed jobseeker refers to jobseekers who are not currently employed as well as those who are laid off or whose work time has been reduced to a shortened work week and those jobseekers who are outside the labour force.

When you register as a jobseeker, the TE Office will offer you work, education and training, and business and employment services. When you are receiving an unemployment benefit, you have not only rights but also certain obligations.

Your rights as an unemployed jobseeker

Once you have registered as an unemployed jobseeker, you have a right to:

  • use the business and employment services offered by the TE Office
  • receive unemployment security if you meet the conditions
  • get help in finding a job.

Together with the TE Office, you will draw up an employment plan, which will include the goals you have set for your job search and the activities you have committed to, which will help you achieve your goals. The plan and its implementation will be assessed at three month intervals in the way you have agreed on with the TE office specialist.

While you are receiving unemployment benefit you can:

  • study on a part-time basis
  • take part in working parties or do other voluntary work for which no wages are paid, which is of an ordinary type and which serves the community
  • work on a part-time basis
  • run a part-time business or work on a short-term project or commission
  • start business activities. The assessment of whether your business activities are full-time or part-time will only take place after four months since launching the business.

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Whether your studies or business activities are full time or part time and what your entitlement to unemployment benefit is will be decided by the TE Office in each individual case.

Obligations associated with the unemployment benefit

If you are applying for or receiving unemployment benefit, you must be looking for full-time work. You must also meet the following obligations:

  • Make sure that your job search is kept valid – this is a strict requirement for receiving an unemployment benefit. Your job search will remain valid if you
    - keep in touch with the TE Office as and when agreed
    - comply with the instructions and deadlines that the TE Office has given you via its E-services or other customer services.
  • Keep your contact details up to date informing the changes in the E-services or calling to TE telephone services – the TE Office must be able to contact you.
  • Accept a job offered to you by the TE Office or an employer.
    - When the TE Office makes you a job offer, you must contact the employer and report to the TE Office on this within a set period.
  • Accept a place in training offered to you by the TE Office.
    - When the TE Office makes you a training  offer, you will be obligated to apply for labour market training and to notify the TE Office of this within a deadline.
  • Take part in interviews and drawing up or assessing an employment, an activation or an integration plan.
  • Show an interest and take part in all services that promote your employment as agreed in your plan or otherwise offered to you by the TE Office.
  • Carry out all the activities agreed to in the plan and notify the TE Office of their realisation.

If you neglect your responsibilities, your right to unemployment benefits will be terminated for a fixed period i.e. you may not be entitle to benefits for a fixed period or for the time being.

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Instructions for customers in local government pilots on employment 

The rights and obligations of a jobseeker also apply to the customers of the local government pilot on employment. If you are a customer of a local government pilot on employment, the employment plan is prepared with you in your municipality of residence, which also offers you services that promote employment. Please use services as required by the municipality in your municipality of residence instead of the TE Office.  

Jobseekers’ services during the local government pilots 

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