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The Parliament has accepted changes to the labour policy obligations affecting the right to earnings-related allowance as proposed by the government in the third proposition about amendments to Unemployment Security Act. The following amendments belong to the authority of the employment and economy offices, and any additional questions about the changes should be directed to them. 

  1. Regional obligation to accept employment will be defined in terms of travel time instead of a geographical definition. If, for example, the question is about accepting or resigning full time employment, one must be prepared to commute 3 hours on average daily, or 2 hours daily if it is a question of part time employment. 
  2. There is an obligation to use one’s own car or a car one has access to, when assessing the average commute time according to the regional obligation to accept employment. 
  3. A new suspension period, 90 days, is introduced to situations when one refuses employment to which one has been selected (for example refusal to sign an employment contract of failure to appear at the workplace on the first day of employment). 
  4. Stricter obligation to accept full-time employment even in situations when the salary is less than ones unemployment allowance. The time period without allowance is 30, 60 or 90 days, depending on the length of employment and whether it is a case of employment one has been selected to. 
  5. Unemployed persons will be obligated to participate in all services offered to them with risk of losing the right to allowance, if the service is obtained or purchased by employment authorities and is meant to improve the job-seekers possibilities of gaining employment. Such services could consist of occupational or career guidance, for example. 
  6. The amount of pay subsidy and startup grant is reduced, and the period of startup grant is shortened, while the basic allowance can be used for funding.