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Work capability allowance


Lisatud 28.04.2016 | Uuendatud 23.07.2019

The Unemployment Insurance Fund started assessing work capability and paying work capability allowances on 1 July 2016.

In 2016 the fund only assessed the work capability of and paying work capability allowance to those who had not been assessed as having incapacity for work in the previous five years.

As of 1 January 2017, work capability is solely 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 work capability and pays work capability allowances to those with partial or no work capability.

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Amount and transition period of working ability allowance

The daily rate of the working ability allowance is 14.89 euros, the amount of which per calendar day is:

  • for a person with partial working ability – 57% of the daily rate (8.4873 euros per day; approximately 254.62 euros per month);
  • for a person with no working ability – 100% of the daily rate (14.89 euros per day; approximately 446.70 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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