Even if you think you stand a less than average chance on the labour market, finding meaningful employment is almost certainly within reach.
Having to cope with a disability does not mean that you are unfit for the general labour market. Experience shows that many disabled persons are able to work in a normal work environment, with only minor adjustments required.
If you have a disability, Töötukassa can help you find suitable employment, and can help the employer to make the adaptations necessary to enable you to do your job.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund may provide assistance with services designed just for the persons with disabilities.
Adaptation of the workplace
If you have a disability or decreased working ability and thus face difficulties starting a job or performing your current work in the workspace and with the working equipment provided, we can help adjust the workplace and working equipment in a way that enables you to access and use them. 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, the adjustment costs may be compensated up to 100%.
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
If, due to your disability or decreased working ability, you are unable to perform duties using your employer’s equipment, we will lend you, free of charge, the assistive equipment needed to carry out the work.
A case manager from the Unemployment Insurance Fund assesses the need for the use of such equipment in performing duties and identifies the most suitable equipment for you.
This equipment will be at your 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 if you still need to use the equipment to perform your duties.
The assistive equipment you need both at work and in your daily life can be applied for from the Social Insurance Board.
Working with a support person
If you need additional help and guidance when starting work due to your decreased working ability, we offer the help of a support person. The support person assists you 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 your work assignments for you and does not provide professional education or training. If you need mainly physical assistance, not psychological support or guidance, you cannot use this service. If you need additional help less than 50% of your working time, necessary help is provided by your employer and the service is not provided.
The employer applies for the service from the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and you will be assigned a suitable support person with your input. 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 your working time.
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 and make an appointment with a case manager. 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’.