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Strawberries.
Strawberries. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Berry growers can submit applications for a new wage subsidy for employees to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) from July 1. However, it is also possible to apply for this funding for workers who have already been hired.

The EUIF is asking employers to turn to their county employers' consultant with the application. The consultant will determine whether the people who have been hired already can also apply for the subsidy.

If the berry growing company has not yet found employees, the job offer with the pre-selection request should be forwarded to the EUIF.

The farming wage subsidy will be paid to employers who grow berries, fruit or nuts if they employ a person who is registered as unemployed, who has been without a job for the past three months or has temporarily worked less than 30 days during that period. The subsidy can be applied for on behalf of employees that were hired on June 1 or later.

The subsidy will be granted in the case of hiring under an employment contract or the law of obligations act contract despite the duration of the contract. The subsidy will be paid to the employer for three months per employee.

The subsidy will be paid until the end of 2020.

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