Apply for daily allowance according to your normal application period. If necessary, we can change your application period to correspond with the period your wage is paid. We will inform you if it is necessary to change your application period once we receive your employment contract and the first application that includes working hours is being processed.
- If the pay period for wages from your part-time work is a calendar month (for instance your wages for the current month are paid in the middle of the following month), apply for daily allowance monthly.
- If the pay period for wages from your part-time work is 2 calendar weeks (Mon-Sun), apply for daily allowance every 4 calendar weeks (Mon-Sun) in such a way that every application period includes two pay periods.
Mark “unemployed” on the days of your application during which you have not worked. The days you have worked, inform the daily working hours according to how you will be paid. You can update your application’s day-to-day information by reporting that you have worked part-time during the application period in addition to being unemployed in the “In addition, I have been” section of the application.
Attach your employment contract regarding your part-time work to the first application you send with working hours marked. It is also good to attach a copy of your pay slip if you have been paid during the application period.
Since the beginning of 2020, unemployment funds have received income information about their applicants from the Incomes Register. The information in the Incomes Register is not always sufficient to process the application because the employer can choose how much or how little information they report and whether they report voluntary information. If the employer reports little information, the income is reported without a breakdown of what it entails. Voluntary information is for example information about when income was earned and about absences. If the information in the Incomes Register is not sufficient to process your application, then the Fund will request that you send in your pay slip.
You can find more information about adjusted daily allowance here.
It is a good idea to attach your pay slip concerning any wages you have been paid during the application period to your application. You should also report any estimated payment dates for wages that have not yet been paid.
Send the Fund a copy of your employment contract and any pay slips with payment dates during the application period as attachments to your application. If your wages have not been paid yet, write down an estimate of your future payment date, and send the pay slip once you receive it.
If your job was occasional, then there is no need to change your application period. However, if you will be working in the future as well, it would be good to change your application period to correspond with the period your wage is paid, if the periods do not correspond already.
Please also inform the TE Office that you are starting a full-time job that lasts longer than 2 weeks so that they can update their statement. If your job is fixed-term, remember to activate your job seeker status with the TE Office again after your employment.
What effect holiday bonuses and holiday compensation have on your daily allowance depends on whether the holiday bonus/compensation has been paid based on part-time or full-time work:
- If your paid annual holiday is based on income from full-time work, we cannot pay you earnings-related daily allowance during your paid annual holiday. Full-time work is any work where the working time is more than 80 % of the maximum working time applied to the field in question. Holiday bonus earned from full-time work does not affect your daily allowance.
- If your paid annual holiday is based on income from part-time work, you can be paid adjusted daily allowance during your paid annual holiday. The holiday bonus and holiday compensation paid based on part-time work will affect the amount of your adjusted daily allowance during the application period they were paid.
- If the TE Office states that your entrepreneurship is part-time entrepreneurship, we can continue to pay you earnings-related daily allowance. If you receive income from your entrepreneurship, the income will affect the amount of your daily allowance during the application period the income is paid. The additional information about your entrepreneurship earnings that is necessary to process your application depends on what kind of entrepreneur you are: For example, private entrepreneurs (self-employed persons, private traders, sole proprietorship) need to inform their revenue and tax-deductible expenses each application period. Entrepreneurs working through invoicing service companies need to send a copy of their pay slip. Do not report the daily working hours from entrepreneurship on your application.
- If the TE Office states that your entrepreneurship is full-time entrepreneurship, the payment of earnings-related daily allowance will cease on the date stated on the TE Office’s statement. Entrepreneurship lasting over 2 weeks and that began while unemployed is not evaluated as full-time or part-time until 4 months after starting the entrepreneurship. To continue payment of earnings-related daily allowance during this time you must inform the TE Office that you have started work as an entrepreneur and you must keep your job seeker status active. Inform the Fund of any income from your entrepreneurship as this income will affect the amount of your daily allowance according to the rules set for adjusted daily allowance.
Especially when full-time entrepreneurship lasts for a longer time, it is good to remember that as a full-time entrepreneur you can remain a member of a wage earner fund for only 18 months at most. In cases like this, we advise you to consider transferring to the Entrepreneur Fund as soon as possible after starting work as an entrepreneur.