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Unemployed and possibly infected

Maybe you are unemployed, or maybe you fear that you will become unemployed during the corona crisis, which is expected to hit many companies hard.

The government and social partners have made a deal that provides support for companies that send employees home with pay, rather than dismissing people. This will hopefully save many jobs. But there will certainly be layoffs. Here, you can get an overview of your situation, whether you get made redundant, are sent home, or already are unemployed. The guidelines below are indicative, and rules and suggestions may go through amendments on a day-to-day basis. Stay tuned on 3f.dk, where you will find the latest gathered information on the implications of the corona virus. You can also contact your local branch.

  1. The unemployed get a ‘time-out’ with regards to being at the job market’s disposal  
    Due to this exceptional situation, the government has decided that the unemployed will get a “timeout”. Job centres and unemployment funds are slowing down, and being unemployed, it means that you do not have to be at the labour market’s disposal right now.

    It means:
    • you are not required to go for meetings at the job centre or at your unemployment fund’s branch
    • you are not required to look for two jobs a week, in fact, you are not required to look for any jobs at all
    • you do not need to use the job log.

    If you have a job interview, contact the employer and ask whether the meeting is still on.

    These rules are in effect provisionally until 29th March.

  2. Unemployed and possibly infected
    If you have become infected, for example, as the result of having travelled, you may stay home and receive unemployment benefits at the same time. This is so, because there are no requirements for job searching, going to meetings etc.

    If you become infected or are quarantined, this would be considered sickness/illness. In this case, you will receive unemployment benefits from the unemployment insurance fund for the first 14 days, after which you will receive sickness benefits from the municipality instead, if you are still ill.

  3. If your employer wants to send you home or lay you off
    Here are several possible scenarios.

    The first is that you are sent home with pay, cf. the agreement from 15th March on compensation to companies.
    Another possibility is that you will get laid off:
    • if you do NOT have an agreement, the employer must terminate you with the termination notice stated in your contract. Once your termination notice has expired, you can apply for unemployment benefits. It is important that the termination notice is adhered to, otherwise it will be considered “self-inflicted unemployment” and you risk three weeks of quarantine imposed by the unemployment insurance fund.
    • If you have an agreement, there may be exceptional possibilities of being sent home and receiving unemployment benefits.

  4. G-days?
    The rules governing ‘G-days’ will temporarily not be applicable, effective from 27th March 2020. This means that employers affected by the corona virus crisis will no longer have to pay the first two days of unemployment benefits you normally are entitled to, if you are sent home or are asked to job share.  

    Do the new temporary “G-day” rules apply to everyone? 
    No. If you are laid off according to usual protocol and receive a period of notice, the rules governing “G-days” still apply. 

    Why is the government temporarily changing the rules governing ‘G-days’? 
    Usually, employers pay for the first two days of unemployment when sending an employee home. The allowance corresponds to the amount of unemployment benefits you would be entitled to receive. The temporary change regarding “G-days” is supposed to function as additional financial relief to companies affected by the crisis. 

    How does the temporary change affect me? 
    The ‘G-day’ law change does not change anything for you in financial terms. Instead, you will still receive unemployment benefits from us for the two days in the case that you are sent home or asked to job share due to the crisis. However, be sure to sign up for the job centre from day one so that you can receive unemployment benefits.This change regarding ‘G-days’ is valid until 31st May 2020 

  5. Laid off - now what?  
    It is important that you register as unemployed on the first day of unemployment. You can do this on jobnet.dk In addition, you must apply for unemployment benefits. You do this on Mit3F - remember your NemID. Finally, you must create a CV at jobnet.dk, or update your resume if you have one already.

    To be able to get unemployment benefits, you need to meet the requirements for unemployment benefits, including the one that stipulates that you have been a member of the unemployment insurance fund for one year. In addition, you must meet an income requirement.

    If you do not meet the requirements or you are not a member of the unemployment insurance fund, then you must contact the municipality and apply for cash benefits, for example.

  6. Unemployment insurance fund 
    Due to the risk of infection at present, please do not visit your local unemployment insurance fund branch. Besides, it is unnecessary since you can sign up for the jobnet and apply for unemployment benefits from your computer.

    Please feel free to call the unemployment insurance fund. Find your local branch via 3f.dk 
You can also find information at 3f.dk, both about the corona virus and working life - and about being unemployed in general.