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. However, many have already been laid off. 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.
You can also find information at 3f.dk, both about the corona virus and working life - and about being unemployed in general.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Please note that the rules concerning G-days are not in force. The suspension of the rules applies to all employers, but only with regards to the sending home of employees and division of labour. In the case of a ‘regular’ dismissal with a period of notice, the employer shall continue to pay for the first two days you have been sent home / made redundant - if you have worked at least 74 hours at the employer’s. The unemployment insurance fund cannot pay unemployment benefits for the days when you get your G-days paid by your employer.
- 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.
- 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