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Grant of previously unused days of unemployment insurance benefit


Lisatud 21.01.2020 | Uuendatud 27.08.2020

If the payment of the unemployment insurance benefit granted to you is terminated before the end of the period (for example, if you become employed), you will be entitled to the unused part of the benefit if:

  • you reregister as unemployed within 12 months after the end of the payment of the unemployment insurance benefit (the 12-month period is calculated from the first time the benefit is not paid);
  • between two periods of being registered as unemployed, you worked under an employment contract, were in the public service or in conscript, alternative or reserve service, or provided a service on the basis of a contract under the law of obligations, and
  • your last employment or service relationship was terminated on a legal basis that entitles you to unemployment insurance benefit.

If you reapply for the benefit, you do not have to have re-accumulated 12 months of insurance period, and the benefit will only be paid for the days that were not used in the previous period. In the case of reapplying for unemployment insurance benefit, the benefit will be calculated from the date of submission of the application and the accompanying documents to the Unemployment Insurance Fund, but not earlier than from the day of your registration as unemployed.

Until 31 August 2020, unused days of the benefit are valid for 12 months from the date of granting the benefit. From 1 September 2020, unused days of the benefit are valid for 12 months from the date of termination of payment of the benefit.

If, on 1 September 2020, the payment of the benefit to you is terminated, but the unused benefit days are still valid, the date of their validity will change automatically and no separate modification decision will be made.

For example, if you were granted unemployment benefit for 360 days from 1 November 2019 and the payment of the benefit was terminated on 30 June 2020, then the unused benefit days are valid until 30 June 2021.

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