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Employing someone with a disability


Lisatud 07.11.2013 | Uuendatud 07.01.2020

It is a common misconception that people who have to cope with a disability, are difficult to employ and pose more challenges than other employees.

In reality, many disabled persons are not only eager and motivated to work, but also are able to work in a normal work environment with only minor adjustments required. Töötukassa helps employers to give persons with a disability the same chances as other employees or jobseekers. We do this through measures that aim to remove the specific obstacles, brought forth by the disability.

The services listed below are available for you in relation to persons you newly hire, as well as to persons who are already in your employment.

Adaptation of the workplace

If the employee has difficulties accessing their workspaces or using the work equipment provided, we will help adjust the workplace and work equipment in a way that makes them accessible and usable. Home workspaces can also be adjusted.

Applications for the compensation of the cost of adjusting workspaces and work equipment are submitted to the Unemployment Insurance Fund by the employer. The Unemployment Insurance Fund will determine the appropriate solution for you.

Depending on the case and the reasonable cost of the adjustment, up to 100% of the adjustment costs may be compensated. Adjustment costs will be compensated if the employment relationship with the employee has been entered into for an unspecified term or for a fixed-term of at least two years.

Special aids and equipment

The Unemployment Insurance Fund can make special equipment available free of charge, if it is needed for the employee to do his or her job properly. Equipment that is needed for all employees (regardless of having a disability or not) and equipment that the individual would need to cope with everyday life and that is not needed specifically for the job at hand, are not provided for.

A case manager from the Unemployment Insurance Fund assesses the need to use such equipment in performing duties and identifies the most suitable equipment for the employee.

This equipment will be at the person’s disposal until the end of the employment relationship, but initially for no longer than three years. The contract for the use of assistive equipment may be extended.

Working with a support person

If the employee needs additional help and guidance when starting work due to his or her decreased working ability, we offer the help of a support person. The support person may assist the employee in adapting to the working life, learning and performing the work assignments, planning and organizing the work and work-related communication.

Support person does not carry out the employee’s work assignments and does not provide professional education or training. If the employee needs mainly physical assistance, not psychological support or guidance, this service cannot be used. If the additional help needed is less than 50% of you’re the person’s working time, necessary help is provided by the employer and the service is not provided.

The employer applies for the service from the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and the suitable support person will be assigned. The support person may be a co-worker or someone suitable from outside of the workplace. The volume of the service is agreed in the contract between the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the service provider and it may be 50%, 75% or 100% of the working time of the person who needs support.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund pays the agreement partner for the provision of the service. The fee is based on the hourly rate established in accordance with § 23 (6) of the Labor Market Services and Benefits Act, multiplied by eight and the amount of your working time and the agreed volume of the service. The fee is paid for your working days, according to the report provided by the employer, but for not more than 22 days per month.

To find out about the possibilities of removing barriers to carrying out work arising from a disability or state of health, contact an appropriate Unemployment Insurance Fund office. Contact details can be found here: Contact details of Unemployment Insurance Fund offices.

The labour market service provided for individuals with decreased working ability is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 57 of the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Health and Labour of 27 March 2015 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services for the target group of work reforms‘.

The labour market service provided for jobseekers of retirement age, recipients of an early retirement pension and persons receiving a benefit to a rescue servant while awaiting for old-age pension is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 222 of the Minister of Health and Labour of 4 December 2014 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services to facilitate employment opportunities’.

Did you know ...

Many disabled persons are not only eager and motivated to work, but also are able to work in a normal work environment with only minor adjustments required.


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