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Workbit FAQ

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Lisatud 08.10.2020 | Uuendatud 21.10.2020

Can a member of the management board, who is registered as unemployed, carry out yoga classes in his or her company as a workbit (up to 8 days per month)?

Yes, the work must be registered in the employment register and if it meets the conditions of workbit (temporary employment), it could be performed.

Can a person, who was made redundant, work in the same company for free (up to 8 days) during the registration period as unemployed?

Working in a company for free is not intended for replacement of an employee, but only exceptionally, e.g. to help family members. Upon establishing a new company, the member of the management board is temporarily allowed to work for free. Working for free is not a workbit. The person, who was made redundant, can temporarily work in the same company under a contract.

Please find additional information on the website of the Tax and Customs Board

An employer has registered working for 10 days in the employment register, but the person actually works for 2 days only. Does the person have to end the registration as unemployed?

Yes, as Unemployment Insurance Fund takes into account the duration of the employment registered in the employment register and if the working period is longer than 8 days, the registration as unemployed will end. If the duration of the employment has been registered in the employment register incorrectly, the employer should make the correction entry.

Labour Market Services and Benefits Act § 42 (1) stipulates: For the purposes of this Act, temporary work means work performed based on a contract for services, authorisation agreement or contract under the law of obligations for the provision of other services or employment in the public service the single duration of which does not exceed eight days during the time the person is registered as unemployed.

Can a sole proprietor, whose activity has been suspended and who has been registered as unemployed, undertake a workbit?

The registration as unemployed will be terminated if a sole proprietor, who has been registered as unemployed, continues the activities of the company, even if this is temporary. Sole proprietor, whose activity has been suspended and who has been registered as unemployed, can undertake workbits at another employer under the contract of employment or contract under the law of obligations or civil service.

Can an employer register working in advance? For example, a person works on 15.10, 20.10 and 25.10.

The Taxation Act stipulates that the commencement of employment shall be registered at the latest by the moment the commencement of employment of a person performing work, i.e. it is possible to register in advance.

Does participating in reservist training also count as a workbit?

No, reserve service does not count as a workbit and in case of the notice of Defence Forces the registration as unemployed shall be terminated.

What shall be the form of the contract in case of a workbit?

The form of the contract does not depend on the workbit, but on the content of work. An employer shall enter into contract as usual and register the working of a person (in the employment register). For an employer the workbit is an employment relation like any other.

The free advisory service of Labour Inspectorate is aimed both for employers as well as for employees. Labour Inspectorate has published more detailed clarification on the topic in the Working Life portal

Can a member of the management board work temporarily in his or her company during the term of registration as unemployed?

Yes, but the work shall be registered in the employment register and meet the conditions of workbit.

Question from an employer: Does the Unemployment Insurance Fund have a database of clients who want to work temporarily?

No, there is no such database and will not be.

A registered unemployed person may have the same question. In that case the answer is that if an employer allows workbits, nothing changes for the company and it has to look for an employee according to the needs of the company and the job offer is directed to all jobseekers, not only to those registered as unemployed.

Can a person, who is working today for one day, register?

No, as the person is working. The conditions for registering with regards to workbits have not been changed in the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act. A person, who does not work on the day of registering, can register as unemployed. Workbits are allowed after the person has already registered as unemployed.

Can a sole proprietor, whose activity has been suspended or whose seasonal activity has ended and who has been registered as unemployed, work temporarily in another company during the period of registration as unemployed?

Yes, but the work shall be registered in the employment register and meet the conditions of workbit.

How does project-based work (workbit) affect the unemployment allowance?

The remuneration for workbit does not affect the unemployment allowance.

An employer registered the duration of employment in the employment register as 1–30.08. The person only works on weekends, altogether 8 days. Is this correct?

No, Unemployment Insurance Fund takes into account the duration of employment and if the employment as a whole is longer than 8 days, it is not considered a workbit.

Can a person work for 8 days at the end of September (23–30.09) and in the beginning of October (1–8.10) during the period of registration as unemployed?

Yes, if the working has been registered in the employment register, the conditions for allowed days for workbit per month (8 days) are met. A further precondition is that the amount of remuneration should not exceed the allowed amount.

Can an employer apply for social tax incentive for an employee also in the case of temporary work?

If an employee is with decreased working ability and works under the employment agreement (and other conditions that have to be met), an employer can apply for the reimbursement of social tax.

Please note that the application shall be submitted on the day of commencement of employment at the latest or on the day the partial or no work ability of the employee has been identified, we do not reimburse social tax retroactively.

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