UNEMPLOYED JOB SEEKERS now have new ways to satisfy the criteria laid down in the activation model for unemployment security.
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) has reported that participation in employment services not organised by employment authorities can be counted towards meeting the activity criteria as of Monday, 1 April.
Unemployed job seekers, it said, are required to provide a certificate of their participation in employment services organised by municipalities, municipal associations, trade unions or publicly funded registered associations. The unemployed are advised to consult their service provider on whether the participation can be counted towards meeting the criteria.
Job seekers will be able to take advantage of the possibility as of the first 65-day monitoring period starting on 1 April or later.
The activity criteria can be satisfied by working at least 18 hours, earning at least 240 euros through self-employment or participating in employment services for at least five days. A failure to satisfy the criteria will result in a 4.65 per cent reduction in unemployment benefits for the subsequent 65-day period.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi