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Working ability allowance


Lisatud 28.04.2016 | Uuendatud 18.01.2017

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will start assessing working ability and paying working ability allowances on 1 July 2016.

In 2016 the fund is only assessing the working ability of and paying working ability allowance to those who have not been assessed as having incapacity for work in the last five years. If a reassessment of permanent incapacity for work has been scheduled for you in 2016, you must still contact the Social Insurance Board, which will determine your permanent incapacity for work and pay a pension for incapacity for work in accordance with the current rules.

As of 1 January 2017, working ability will solely be assessed and allowances paid by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. If a reassessment of permanent incapacity for work has been scheduled for you in 2017 or thereafter, you must contact the Unemployment Insurance Fund as the date of the reassessment draws closer. Under the new rules, the Unemployment Insurance Fund assesses working ability and pays working ability allowances to those with partial or no working ability.

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Amount and transition period of working ability allowance

The daily rate of the working ability allowance is 11.82 euros, the amount of which per calendar day is:

  • for a person with partial working ability – 57% of the daily rate (6.74 euros per day; approximately 202.1 euros per month);
  • for a person with no working ability – 100% of the daily rate (11.82 euros per day; approximately 354.6 euros per month).

Suspension and termination of payment of allowance

The payment of the working ability allowance is suspended for a period of 10 days in the first instance of an individual with partial working ability who is registered as unemployed and receiving a working ability allowance refusing, without good reason:


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