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Unpaid winter holiday

Employment relationship may include time when work and pay are temporarily interrupted during school holidays. In unemployment security, these periods are referred to as periods comparable to lay-off.

A person in full-time employment can also apply for unemployment benefit for periods comparable to lay-off. Unpaid periods must be mentioned in the employment contract and the matter must have been agreed upon already at the beginning of the employment relationship. However, if these unpaid periods are not mentioned in the employment contract, unemployment benefit cannot be paid for the school’s vacation period.

Please note that the validity of the job search is an absolute precondition for the payment of earnings-related allowance also in situations comparable to lay-off!

Applying and paying the allowance

Earnings-related unemployment allowance can be paid for the period comparable to lay-off either full or adjusted, depending on the full-time or part-time nature of your employment relationship. Note, that if you are working full-time but if you also have a part-time work, the allowance can be paid adjusted. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to the benefit or not, we recommend that you submit an application to the fund. This allows us to check your entitlement to the allowance. Please note, that the validity of the job search is an absolute precondition for the payment of earnings-related unemployment allowance.

Unpaid winter holiday in part-time employment

If your employment relationship is part-time, you have probably applied for adjusted earnings-related allowance from the very beginning of the employment relationship. In this case, continue to apply for adjusted earnings-related allowance according to your normal application rhythm (four weeks or a month). The wages you receive will be taken into account in the payment of the allowance for the entire adjustment period. If you apply for daily allowance only for the winter holiday, the wages paid during the entire adjustment period (four weeks or a month) will be taken into account.

Unpaid winter holiday in full-time employment

The right to earnings-related unemployment allowance can only arise from a period comparable to a lay-off, so you can only submit an application for an unpaid winter holiday week. Submit the application for the entire calendar week (Mon-Sun). We need your employment contract and a weekly hourly report as an attachment to the application.

The weekly hourly report must be submitted for the 26 weeks preceding the application period that meets the employment condition or, if the employment relationship has lasted less time, submit a weekly hourly report from the beginning of the employment relationship. You can submit a weekly hourly report written by the employer, or you can fill in the weekly hour report yourself. You can find the weekly hour report form on our website under Forms(opens in new window). Fill in the weekly hour report carefully so that the hours you have reported match the wages paid.