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.
If you would like to find a job or perform work but need assistance due to a disability or long-term illness, the Unemployment Insurance Fund may provide assistance with services designed just for you.
We offer the following services:
- adjustment of workspaces and working equipment
- lending (free of charge) the assistive equipment needed to carry out work
- working with a support person
- protected employment
- peer support
- work rehabilitation
- provision of advice and training to employers
- compensation of labour market training for employers
You can make use of all of these services if you have a disability, permanent incapacity for work or partial or no working ability which prevents you from securing employment or performing work.
All other services will, of course, continue to be available: search & selection, provision of advice on job seeking, work placement and training, etc. Your personal consultant at the Unemployment Insurance Fund will help you determine which services will be most helpful to you.
We compensate the adjustment costs of workspaces and working equipment
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.
We will lend you, free of charge, the assistive equipment you need to carry out your work
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 continue to need the equipment in order to perform your duties.
The assistive equipment you need (at work and in your daily life) can be applied for from the Social Insurance Board.
If you need further help and guidance when starting work due to your decreased working ability, we can 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 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’.
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 to the target group of work reforms’.
We provide advice and training to employers upon recruiting and employing people with disabilities
If your current or future employer would like to learn more about recruiting people with disabilities or providing support for employment, we can offer advice or training corresponding to the employer’s needs. Click on the following link for further information: Provision of advice and training to employers.
We will compensate the employer’s retraining or further training costs
If, due to your state of health, you have been facing difficulties in performing duties and your employer is ready to offer you another position once you have completed retraining or further training, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will compensate your employer retroactively for up to 50% of your training costs (but no more than 1,250 euros).