How does the waiting period affect the daily allowance

The waiting period (also known as personal liability period) is five full working days of unemployment on which you have been registered as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Office. If you have working hours from part-time or casual work during the application period, the waiting period is unemployment time corresponding to five full working days.

Days from Monday to Friday are waiting days, and a calendar week may include a maximum of five waiting, unemployment and working days. The days making up the waiting period must accrue during eight successive calendar weeks. Time during which you are not entitled to daily allowance (e.g. the uncompensated term during which the unemployment benefit cannot be paid) cannot be counted towards the waiting period.

During employment promotion measures the waiting period expires at the same time as daily allowance is paid for the service period.

Midweek holidays can be counted towards the waiting period if you have registered with TE office before the midweek holidays and the employer is not obliged to pay midweek holiday compensation in a temporary lay-off situation.

Resetting of waiting period

A waiting period is set when you fulfil the employment condition, and the maximum payment period starts from the beginning.

However, a waiting period will not be set if you fulfil the employment condition, and the new maximum period starts within one year of the commencement of the previous maximum period.

Always remember to read the decision you receive carefully to the end.

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