ACTIVATION MODEL

Under the law that entered into force on 1 January 2018, daily allowance applicants must display activity as specified in the law in 65-day payment periods. If you have not been active enough, the daily allowance will be reduced by 4.65% for the next 65-day payment period.

ACTIVATION CRITERIA

You fulfil the criteria for activity during a 65-day payment period if                

  • you work in salaried employment which, if performed during one week, would correspond to work requirement. This means 18 hours of work during a payment period (8 hours in the education sector).
  • you are self-employed, earning in the payment period at least 23% of the monthly income to meet the work requirement. In 2018 this means an income of EUR 241.04.
  • you take part in 5 days of employment-promoting services or some other employment-promoting activity arranged by the TE Services.

IN WHICH CASES WILL YOUR ACTIVITY NOT BE MONITORED?

However, the activation model does not apply to all job-seekers. In certain situations, the daily allowance is always paid in the full amount. Your activity will not be monitored if

  • you have an application for disability pension pending. This also applies to partial disability pension and rehabilitation subsidy applications
  • you are an informal caregiver or a family caregiver
  • you are receiving a benefit on the basis of incapacity for work
  • you receive a daily allowance for a lay-off period of less than 65 days

WHEN WILL YOUR DAILY ALLOWANCE BE RETURNED TO THE FULL AMOUNT AFTER A REDUCED AMOUNT?

A reduced daily allowance will be increased to the full amount when

  • you fulfil the work requirement
  • you have two weeks of work as a self-employed person
  • you have two weeks of salaried employment
  • your daily allowance is rejected because the number of working hours has been exceeded or working hours have not been monitored
  • your daily allowance is rejected because of your income
  • a waiting period without benefit is applied to you, or you have an obligation of employment.