The Unemployment Insurance Fund reimburses labour costs to those employers in Harju County and Ida-Viru County whose activities have been significantly disrupted in the period from 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances.
The salary grant is paid to a company, a branch of a foreign company, a non-profit association, a foundation or a self-employed person:
- who is registered in Estonia, in the commercial register or in the non-profit associations and foundations register;
- whose activities have been significantly disrupted in the period from 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 due to restrictions imposed to impede the spread of the COVID-19 virus;
- who are active in areas affected by restrictions, such as accommodation and catering establishments, sports facilities, recreational activities, refresher training, and culture;
- whose employees are employed in Harju County or Ida-Viru County according to the employment register as of 22 December 2020;
- who do not have a state tax debt as of 1 August 2020, or have paid or deferred the state tax debt as of 22 December 2020.
The salary grant is paid to enterprises with a defined main field of activity
A self-employed person can apply for the salary grant for both his or her employees and himself or herself. When applying for the salary grant for oneself, it is required that the self-employed person be registered in Harju County or Ida-Viru County as of 22 December 2020. As of 22 December 2020, the activities of a self-employed person may not be suspended and the seasonal activities may not have ended. As of 22 December 2020, the business income tax returns for the year 2019 must have been submitted.
NB! An employer has the right to apply for the salary grant for those employees with whom the employer had a valid employment relationship in the period from 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021. The employer receiving the salary grant may not make the employees redundant for a period of one month after receiving the salary grant.
The salary grant is paid to the undertaking in the amount of the November 2020 wage costs of its employees in Harju and Ida-Viru counties, but no more than EUR 180,000 per undertaking. The amount of the salary grant is calculated on the basis of data submitted to the Tax and Customs Board.
The amount of the salary grant for a self-employed person is EUR 584, which is the minimum wage established for 2020 on the basis of subsection 29 (5) of the Employment Contracts Act.
NB! Multiple subsidies cannot be used for the same period. The salary grant is not paid to an undertaking that has received other state support due to the restrictions in force in the period of 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.
Salary grant applications can be submitted from 1 February 2021 to 28 February 2021, only using the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s e-services. Payments will start no later than 14 February 2021.
The salary grant will be transferred to the bank account of the employer.
Additional information is available on the information line of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, which you can call using the number 15501