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Effect of incomes from work


Adjusted earnings-related allowance

Information on the adjusted earnings-related allowance in this section is valid from 1 April, 2019. The law is applied to part-time working hours done after 1 April 2019.

You can claim an adjusted earnings-related allowance if

  • you are working part-time (however, not if the working hours have been reduced at your own instigation), or
  • your daily or weekly working hours have been reduced due to a lay-off, or
  • you have accepted full-time employment lasting no more than two weeks while being unemployed, or
  • you receive income from business activities or self-employment, if this is considered part-time by the TE Office
  • you have income from the first 4 months of business activities that were started while unemployed
  • you receive royalties, writer’s fees, etc.

A current application for full-time employment at a TE Office is a prerequisite for the payment of adjusted allowance also!

Part-time work refers to employment subject to unemployment allowance, where the working time is no more than 80% of the maximum working time applicable to full-time employees in the sector.

Full-time employment refers to employment where the working time is more than 80% of the maximum working time applicable to full-time employees in the sector. Employment lasting no more than two weeks refers to full-time work carried out continuously for no more than 14 days.

In the education sector, weekends are usually paid if the employment or public service relationship Is valid during weekends. If the employment is interrupted so that weekends are unpaid, the employment period cannot be more than two weeks.

If you are in continuous full-time employment for the same employer for more than two weeks, this period is skipped so that your allowance can be paid up to the start of the work and then again after it ends.

The payment of an adjusted allowance requires that your working hours do not exceed 80% of the maximum full-time working hours in that sector (in the education sector, this usually refers to the teaching obligation) during the allowance claim period (4 calendar weeks or one month).

Income received from employment is taken into account in the daily allowance primarily in accordance with the time of the payment date.

Amount of adjusted earnings-related allowance

The income of a person entitled to an adjusted allowance only affects the earnings-related allowance when it exceeds the standard entitlement. In addition to earned income, the standard entitlement is also applied to income from part-time business activities that is eligible for adjustment.

The amount of the standard entitlement depends on the adjustment period applied. The adjustment period is normally the same as the application period. If the adjustment period is one month or one calendar month, the income is taken into account in the adjustment to the extent that it exceeds EUR 300 (gross). If the adjustment period is a period of four calendar weeks, the income that exceeds EUR 279 (gross) is taken into account in the adjustment. *

After exempting the standard entitlement, one half of the income paid during the adjustment period (one month or four calendar weeks), is deducted from the full allowance. Example: If you receive a salary of 400 EUR during your application period and your application period is one month, your salary deducts your allowance with 50 EUR.

You can estimate the amount of your adjusted earnings-related allowance by using the allowance calculator in Openetti.

* The standard
entitlement of the daily allowance is 500 euros per month when the application
period begins no later than 30 November 2021. For a four-week period, the standard
entitlement is 465 euros.

Maximum amount of adjusted earnings-related allowance

earnings-related allowance has a maximum amount. Adjusted allowance
with child increase and your pay from work in total may not exceed the
wages on which the daily allowance is based..

Special adjustment period

A special adjustment period is an adjustment period that differs from the usual four calendar weeks or a month. It is used in a situation where the usual adjustment period includes time, which does not entitle you to a full daily allowance (for instance, because of a waiting period). Your actual salary cannot be used for the special adjustment period; instead, the work income paid during it must be converted to a monthly level.

Calculation formula: Income paid during the period/ (number of allowance days during the period) x 21,5= income taken into account in the adjustment, with the full addition of any holiday bonus or compensation paid during the period.

Accumulation of the maximum payment period

Adjusted unemployment allowance is counted towards the general maximum payment period for unemployment allowance, but it usually lasts longer. An adjusted unemployment allowance is taken into account for the maximum payment period by converting it into full unemployment allowance days.

Example: If you receive an adjusted unemployment allowance of EUR 500 in a month and the full unemployment allowance is EUR 50 per day, this counts as EUR 500 : EUR 50/day= 10 days.