Unemployment benefit can be supplemented with part-time job from September ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office. Source: Aili Vahtla/ERR

Starting from September, a measure will be implemented allowing registered unemployed people to work up to eight days a month, in addition to receiving existing unemployment benefits.

Katrin Liivamets, head of the Jobseekers' and Employers' Services Department at the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa), told Vikerraadio morning show "Vikerhommik" on Monday that the new regulation is meant to permit short-term employment, meaning people can work up to eight consecutive days, or up to eight days in a month.

Liivamets added: "For example, people can replace someone on sick leave in their previous place of work."

There is also a limit set on pay, and the month's wages can not exceed 40 percent of the minimum wage, which amounts to €233 for 2020.

Liivamets noted that the new regime is an opportunity to avoid confusion that has arisen when someone receiving wage benefits has carried out official, paid work for a short time, such as acting as Santa Claus at their childrens' school.

She added that it can also be used to keep professional skills honed.

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