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:
- assistance at job interviews
- 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 can help you communicate with your prospective employer at a job interview
If you require assistance in order to communicate at a job interview (e.g. you use sign language, which the prospective employer does not understand), a case manager from the Unemployment Insurance Fund will arrange this.
This may be necessary in the case of hearing or speech impediments as well as other communication barriers. Assistance may be provided by a specialist, an employee from the Unemployment Insurance Fund or a volunteer.
We provide assistance in communicating at job interviews to individuals with decreased working ability and jobseekers who are studying or who have received a lay-off notice.
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
- 75% if you are already employed (engaged in activities specified in clauses 6 (5) 3)-51) of the Labour Market Services and Benefits Act);
- 100% upon entering into an employment contract or public service if you have previously been registered as unemployed or received a lay-off notice or if you are a jobseeker who is studying or of retirement age.
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 three years. You can apply for the compensation once per employee in a three-year period.
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, we can offer the help of a support person
The support person will help you adapt and cope with your workplace and duties. They will provide you with guidance and help if you are having difficulties starting work, fitting in with staff or understanding or carrying out your duties.
The service is applied for from the Unemployment Insurance Fund by the employer, and you will be assigned a suitable support person (with your input).
We provide the service to unemployed or already employed individuals with decreased working ability, to those with a lay-off notice or to jobseekers who are studying, to unemployed individuals with special social needs or addiction problems and to the long-term unemployed.
If your employment or service relationship has been entered into for an unspecified term, you can use the service for up to 1,000 hours in the course of one year. An employment relationship that has been entered into for a specified term must last for at least six months. If, upon performing work, you continue to need the guidance of a support person after one year due to decreased working ability, the service may continue to be provided for up to a quarter of your working time per month.
The support person may be a co-worker or someone suitable from outside of the workplace. The Unemployment Insurance Fund pays a fee (2.56 euros per hour in 2016) to the support person providing the service.
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 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).