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.

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

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.

Also read:

Unemployment security

What should I do to apply for unemployment benefit?

Exceptions during the coronavirus epidemic

As of 1 April 2020, employees laid off will be entitled to unemployment benefit even if they are engaged in studies. The payment of unemployment benefit to a person who has been laid off will still require that the person registers as a jobseeker at the TE Office. The obligation to accept work offered by the employer will continue during lay-off. The Act will apply to those laid off starting from 16 March 2020 or later. The legislative amendment is temporary and valid until 31 December 2021.

Read more:

Legislative amendment expands the right of laid-off people to unemployment benefit and speeds up the application and receipt of unemployment benefits (News from 31 March 2020)

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