Job alternation leave offers many benefits to all the parties concerned. It helps the employee to cope at work. An unemployed jobseeker gets an opportunity to gain work experience in a fixed-term employment relationship. The employer, on the other hand, may introduce new skills into the work community.
An employee's job alternation leave is subject to an agreement between the employer and the employee. An unemployed jobseeker must be recruited to replace the employee taking job alternation leave, but his or her duties do not necessarily have to be the same as those of the employee on leave.
The employee can use the leave as he or she sees fit.
The substitute recruited for the duration of the job alternation leave shall be a person who has been registered with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker. A person may be recruited as a substitute, if he/she
You may be eligible for job alternation compensation. Your entitlement to this compensation will continue even if the employment relationship of the employee substituting you ended before the job alternation leave.
The job alternation compensation amount will be
Exceptionally, the unemployment benefit on which the alternation compensation is based is calculated on the basis of the earned income that you have been receiving for the 52 weeks preceding the leave.
If you have been a member of an unemployment fund for a minimum 26 weeks before your job alternation leave starts
In other cases, the compensation is based on the basic allowance and it will be paid by the Social Insurance Institution (Kela).
The purpose of the job alternation leave is to support you in coping at work and offer a job for a fixed term for an unemployed person, thus reducing unemployment. Doing some other work during the job alternation leave would thus be inconsistent with the purpose of the system. However, working during your free time is not prohibited.
Any wages and other earned income that you receive while on leave will be deducted from your job alternation compensation. In this case, the compensation will be based on the so-called adjusted daily allowance. If you work full time for more than two weeks, you will not be entitled to compensation for this period.
However, any remuneration earned before the job alternation leave started and paid during the leave that does not entitle you to leave will not affect the amount of your job alternation compensation. For example, the job alternation compensation is not affected by
Statutory benefits affecting unemployment security will also be deducted from the compensation, such as child care allowance. This is consistent with the principle of calculating the job alternation compensation on the basis of the unemployment allowance.
On the other hand, the job alternation compensation is not affected by
You will not be entitled to job alternation compensation during a period when
As pay referred to in the first point will not be regarded
The following shall be submitted to the TE Office responsible for the area in which the job of the employee taking leave is located:
When you intend to take leave, before starting your leave you must submit to the TE Office an account showing that the criteria for taking job alternation leave are met. These include having worked full time for the year preceding the leave, which you can for example prove by submitting a copy of your pay certificate.
Address your application for job alternation compensation to your unemployment fund or a Social Insurance Institution (Kela) office.
Job alternation compensation can be applied for in arrears for up to three months.
The TE Office will issue a statement on the employment political requirements for paying the compensation to the unemployment fund or Kela. They will make a decision on the payment of the compensation and remit it. The compensation will be paid at least once a month in arrears.
If you are receiving job alternation compensation and you work or engage in enterprising, or if there are other issues that affect your entitlement to the compensation, you must inform the party paying the compensation immediately. You will have to pay back any excess compensation.
The employer must immediately inform the TE Office of any essential changes in the employment relationship of the substitute employed to replace a person on job alternation leave. For example, this applies to a situation where the employment relationship ends earlier than the job alternation leave.
If you are a customer of a local government pilot on employment, contact your regional TE Office in matters related to job alternation leave. You can contact the TE Office by sending a contact request on E-Services. Your contact request will be forwarded to the TE Office if it concerns job alternation leave. You also have access to the TE Office's secure messaging service (Turvaviesti) and the telephone service for personal customers.