Warning or lost unemployment benefit

If you for example do not actively look for a job or if you do not report your activities, you may be given a warning. If it happens several times, you may lose your benefit.

What happens if you do not do what you have to do?

If you have not submitted your activity report to us in time, if you have not attended a meeting or have in some other way not done what you have to do, we notify your unemployment benefit office. Tour unemployment benefit office then contacts you and you are given the opportunity to describe what has occurred and why.

If your unemployment benefit office does not consider that you have an acceptable reason, they decide on a warning or reduced benefit.

If you neglect your job-seeking obligations

If you do not do what we have agreed on, you are neglecting your job-seeking obligations.

This can lead to a warning or reduced unemployment benefit

If you

  • do not take part in drawing up a plan together with us
  • do not submit your activity report to us in time
  • do not fulfil agreements to visit or contact us
  • do not apply for jobs as instructed
  • do not actively look for work.

This is what happens if you neglect your job-seeking obligations

  • First time: you receive a warning.
  • Second time: 1 day without benefit.
  • Third time: 5 days without benefit.
  • Fourth time: 10 days without benefit.
  • Fifth time: Your entitlement to benefit is suspended until you satisfy a new work condition.

If you prolong your period of unemployment

If you decline a job, a work experience placement or other programme or measure, you are prolonging your period of unemployment.

This can lead to a warning or reduced unemployment benefit

If you

  • decline a suitable job
  • willingly prevent employment from being realised
  • decline a labour-market policy programme.

This is what happens if you prolong your period of unemployment

  • First time: 5 days without benefit.
  • Second time: 10 days without benefit.
  • Third time: 45 days without benefit.
  • Fourth time: 45 days without benefit.
  • Fifth time: Your entitlement to benefit is suspended until you satisfy a new work condition.

If you cause your unemployment

If you resign from a job, you cause your unemployment yourself.

This can lead to a warning or reduced unemployment benefit

If you

  • resign from a job without a valid reason
  • cause yourself to be dismissed from a job
  • leave a labour-market policy programme without an acceptable reason
  • have behaved in such a way that you have to leave a labour-market policy programme.

This is what happens if you cause your unemployment yourself

  • First and second time: 45 days without benefit.
  • Third time: Your entitlement to benefit is suspended until you satisfy a new work condition.

If you knowingly provide false information

The unemployment benefit office can decide to suspend your benefit for a long period. This applies if you knowingly or through gross carelessness provided false or misleading information to the unemployment benefit office and thereby receive more benefit than you are entitled to.

About unemployment benefit

Unemployment benefit is money that you can receive when you are unemployed. Here you can read about what the conditions are and how to apply for benefit.

Unemployment benefit