Lay-off

A lay-off is a temporary interruption of the performance of duties and payment of wages associated with an employment relationship. Your employment relationship will remain in force throughout the lay-off period. Unemployment security can provide you with financial support during a lay-off.   

If you are laid-off, register as a jobseeker. This should be done on the first day of your unemployment at the very latest. You can register already before your lay-off begins or your working time is reduced to a shortened work week. A lay-off is a temporary interruption of the performance of duties and payment of wages associated with an employment relationship, but with the relationship otherwise remaining in force.

Remember that you have the right to receive a written explanation of the lay-off beforehand. The employer must give the start date of the lay-off, the reason and the estimated length. Remember that you can work for another employer during the lay-off. If you find a new job and there is over one week of the lay-off remaining, you can hand in your notice without any notice period. 

An employer can lay off employees either for a fixed term or indefinitely.  A full-time lay-off means that your working duties are terminated altogether. In a part-time lay-off, your daily or weekly working hours are reduced. 

If you have been laid off indefinitely or your lay-off continues for longer than three months, read the instructions carefully on how to proceed after registering as an unemployed jobseeker at the TE Service.  

If your lay-off is temporary and continues for three months or less, it is unlikely you will need personalised service from one of our experts. You can contact the TE Office, however, if you want one-on-one service.  

You will be entitled to unemployment benefits for the duration of your lay-off period, if you have registered as an unemployed jobseeker at the TE Office, and the other criteria are also met. The TE Offices will provide your unemployment fund or Kela with a labour policy statement on your right to receive an unemployment benefit for the duration of your lay-off period. 

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

If you are laid-off, follow the registration instructions and register as a jobseeker. After registering, you will be informed if you are transferred to a local government trial on employment.  

Notify your municipality of residence of any changes during the lay-off, such as the termination of the lay-off. 

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