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1. The maximum payment period will be shortened from 500 days to 400 days or 300 days depending on the work history of our unemployed member. 

The amendment applies to the maximum payment periods of daily allowance, if the first day the benefit is paid for is after 1.1.2017. 

The amendment applies to situations where our member applies for the unemployment allowance for the very first time and also to situations where our member meets the employment condition again.  

The amendment does affect members in Teachers’ Unemployment Fund as the current maximum payment period of 500 days in future applies only to members who have turned 58 years. The most typical maximum payment period will probably be 400 days. 

On the other hand, our members do typically meet the employment condition over and over again after the maximum payment period has started. This is made possible by being employed temporarily or part-time, substituting and/or working between lay-off periods. Because of being re-employed, our members have good opportunities to switch from maximum payment period of 300 days to 400 days when meeting the employment condition again, and eventually even to 500 days. 

2. The liability/waiting period will be extended from five weekdays to seven. 

The amendment applies to situations where the first accumulating day is 1.1.2017 or after. 

The amendment does affect members in Teachers’ Unemployment Fund as situations when the liability period is drawn, nor how time required is counted, were not changed in the amended regulation. Liability periods that currently are 5 weekdays, will be 7 weekdays in the future. The liability period is defined as being completely unemployed, so if you are working part-time, the liability period is accumulated more slowly than when you are completely unemployed. 

Lengthening of the liability period will have an effect especially for those members laid off, and whose lay-offs are to be carried out as individual days. The days making up the personal liability period must accumulate during eight successive calendar weeks. We recommend that those workplaces where lay-offs are to be reality in 2017, should check, whether the liability period can be accumulated during 8 calendar weeks after the amendment of the legislation.

3. The entitlement
to receive an increased earnings-related component
based on a long work
history will be revoked

The amendment applies to situations where the
employment terminates 1.1.2017 or after.

This increased component is not very common among the members of
Teachers’ Unemployment Fund as it does not apply to situations of temporary
employment ending, even if one has a long employment history. Although the
change can be significant to the economy of a singular member, it does not greatly
affect our members as a group. 

4. The increased component paid for the duration of employment promotion measures will be cut from 58/35% to 55/25%. 

The amendment applies to the payment of such increased components with immediate effect from 1 January 2017. The amendment even applies if use of the service on the basis of which the increased component is being paid had begun before the entry into force of the amendment. 

Employment promotion measures affected are for example self-motivated/independent studies and labour market training, approved by the TE Office.  

The amendment cuts the income our members receive when participating in such promotional measures.

There are still Government proposals pending in the Parliament. These proposals, if approved, will have effect upon entitlement to earnings-related unemployment allowance, the amount of the allowance, and the labour market political conditions of the allowance. We will inform on these changes later as soon as the processing in the Parliament has completed. 

In particular, about the amendments in the amount of allowance: please notice that, at the moment, the allowance calculator in the Openetti service is functioning only according to the current legislation and rules of calculation. Because of this the calculator will give too high an estimation for the daily allowance for year 2017.