What to do if you are laid off as a result of the coronavirus


Updated 5.6.2020: If you become unemployed or temporarily laid-off, immediately register as an unemployed jobseeker in accordance with the instructions of the TE-Services. Download the registration form here

TE-services of Uusimaa also accepts the registration by submitting the carefully completed form by email to: kirjaamo.uusimaa@te-toimisto.fi without your signature. Read more (in Finnish)

EU-citizens are able to do it online or by phone

If you already are registered at the TE office for example due to a part-time contract, on the first day of you layoff period change your status as laid off.

If you are a member of an unemployment fund either through membership in a trade union (e.g. PAM or JHL) or otherwise, apply for earnings-related unemployment allowance from the fund. If you are not a member of an unemployment fund, you should apply for an unemployment benefit from Kela.

The application for unemployment benefits is always submitted afterwards following the instructions of the unemployment fund or Kela.

You may need a new tax card when you start receiving unemployment allowance.

Further information:

Entrepreneurs entitled to unemployment security due to coronavirus epidemic

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 2.4.2020 14.30 | Published in English on 6.4.2020:

The Government proposes that, as a temporary measure, entrepreneurs would also be entitled to labour market support on the grounds of sudden and unforeseen decline in the demand due to the coronavirus epidemic. The aim is to ensure the livelihood of entrepreneurs. The act should enter into force as soon as possible and it would remain in force until 30 June 2020.

Update: in force until 31 December 2020. Press release 5.6.2020.

Read further: Press release 6.4.2020

Engaged in business activities or studies

Press release 31.3.2020:

As of 1 April 2020, employees laid off will be entitled to unemployment benefit even if they are engaged in business activities or studies. This amendment to the Unemployment Security Act will remain in force until 31 July 2020. The change will secure the livelihoods of employees during lay-off and simplify unemployment security related procedures in TE Offices during the coronavirus epidemic.

The Act will apply to those laid off starting from 16 March 2020 or later.

The most significant change is that employees who register as jobseekers have the right to unemployment benefit during lay-off even if they were engaged in business activities or studies. The amendment provides easier and quicker access to unemployment benefit to those who study or engage in business activities while laid off. If the person who has been laid off has income from business activities, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) and the unemployment fund take this income into account in the adjusted unemployment benefit.

The payment of unemployment benefit to a person who has been laid off will still require that the person registers as a jobseeker at the TE Office. The obligation to accept work offered by the employer will continue during lay-off.

Read further:: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Press release 31.3.2020

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