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.
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.
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.
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.
As of 1 April 2020, laid-off workers have the right to unemployment benefits regardless of their entrepreneurial activities and studies. In order for a laid-off person to receive unemployment benefits, they must from now on also register as a jobseeker with the TE Office. Laid-off workers are also still obliged to accept any work offered by the employer. This law applies to lay-offs which began on or after 16 March 2020. The change to the law is for a fixed term, lasting until 31 December 2020.