Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (BR) has invited key labour market organisations to participate in preparing further measures to encourage job seeking and supplement the activation model for unemployment security.
The measures under consideration reportedly include obliging job seekers to proactively apply for job openings while relaxing their other eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits.
“The government has taken into consideration earlier feedback in preparing the model for independent job seeking. The discussions with labour market confederations will continue this and next week. I will be able to tell more about the contents of the model after [the discussions],” Lindström said on Thursday.
Both YLE and Helsingin Sanomat reported yesterday that the model would oblige job seekers to apply for a minimum of four jobs a month and to draft an employment plan online and report on their progress on the plan on a monthly basis.
YLE wrote that the government has re-considered its plan to suspend unemployment benefits for two months for job seekers who fail to meet the activity requirements without a justified reason.
Both of the news outlets revealed that job seekers would be issued a warning or reprimand for their first failure to meet the requirements, an unspecified benefit cut or a 30-day benefit suspension for the second one, and a two-month suspension for the third one.
Helsingin Sanomat also revealed that the fourth violation would oblige job seekers to work, study or participate in employment services for 12 weeks in order to regain their eligibility for unemployment benefits.
The Finnish government will circulate the draft proposal for comments later this month and expects to present the finalised proposal to the Parliament by the end of 2018.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi