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.
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 2019 this means an income of EUR 245.64.
- 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.