Instructions for the start and end of employment

Are you wondering, do you need to notify the TE Services or the body responsible for paying your unemployment benefits when starting or terminating employment? The situation depends on whether your employment relationship has lasted for two weeks or longer.

If you are a customer of TE Office, always notify the TE Office of any changes to your work situation. The easiest way to do this is through the TE Office’s E-services.

Also inform the TE Office if you intend to apply for unemployment security after the change. If necessary, the TE Office will issue a new labour policy statement on your right to unemployment security.

Please note that unemployment allowance can only be paid to you for the period during which you are registered as a jobseeker at the TE Office and apply for full-time employment. A jobseeker receiving partial disability pension is not required to apply for full-time employment. 

Employment relationship: 

  • Inform the party paying for your unemployment benefits of your new employment relationship. 

Entrepreneurial activity: 

  • Inform the party paying for your unemployment benefit if you have started working. 
  • Inform the TE Office of your new employment status also if the TE Office has previously considered your entrepreneurial activity to be part-time and the business is expanding, or you are uncertain of the duration of your entrepreneurial activities. The notification many be made over the telephone to the telephone service for personal customers. 

Employment relationship and entrepreneurial activity: 

  • Inform the party paying for your unemployment benefit if your employment ends. 

Employment relationship and entrepreneurial activity: 

  • Inform the TE Office of your new employment status via E-services or by the telephone service for personal customers. 
  • Inform the party paying for your unemployment benefit if you have started working. 

You may, if you wish, continue as a jobseeker with the TE Office or end your job search entirely. 

  • If you end your search for employment, you will not be entitled to unemployment benefits. 
  • If you continue as a jobseeker, the TE Office will determine your entitlement to unemployment benefits. To qualify for an unemployment benefit, you have to, for example, be actively seeking employment and looking for full-time work that matches your capacity for work. 
  • If a jobseeker starts new entrepreneurial activities during unemployment, s/he may be entitled to unemployment benefits for the duration of four months despite being self-employed and working as an entrepreneur.  A jobseeker may be entitled to an adjusted unemployment benefit if the employment relationship is part-time and lasts over two weeks.

Employment relationship and entrepreneurial activity: 

  • If your job search is not valid, register as a jobseeker by initiating your search for employment via E-services, of if you have no access to the service, by calling the TE Office telephone service for personal customers. 
  • If you have already registered as a jobseeker, inform the TE Office of any changes via the E-services or by calling the telephone service for personal customers. 
  • The TE Office will determine your entitlement to unemployment security and, if necessary, ask you to send documentary evidence of your entrepreneurial activity or employment relationship. 

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