The Government will facilitate freelancers and sole entrepreneurs’ access to unemployment security, regardless of the form of company

25.3.2020

What type of support will be given to sole entrepreneurs and freelancers?

The temporary weakening of the conditions for entrepreneurial activity due to the coronavirus provides sufficient grounds for deeming the entrepreneurial activity as a secondary activity. Persons engaged in a secondary business activity are entitled to unemployment benefit. Full-time employed entrepreneurs are not required to wind down their business activities in order to be eligible for unemployment benefit.

The type of entrepreneurial activity is irrelevant, which guarantees equal treatment of entrepreneurs in emergency situations. Only the entrepreneur’s notification is required, which reduces the need for processing and decision-making based on discretion in Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE offices).

A temporary amendment to the Unemployment Security Act permitting this arrangement is being prepared by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Questions and answers regarding the coronavirus and business financing (tem.fi)