Denmark - Union informs about new unemployment scheme - January 31, 2018

Trade union 3F, the country’s largest union, has published an overview (in English) of the income requirements and other conditions that workers have to meet in order to obtain unemployment benefits. The changes came into effect per 1 July 2017. The income requirement is calculated in Danish kroner: workers must have earned DKK 228,348 within three years (2018 figures). It is possible to count a maximum of DKK 19,029 (2018 figures) for each month to meet the requirement. For a part-time insured person, the income requirements are lower. Only unsubsidised work accrues the right to unemployment benefits. This means that jobs with subsidies do not count. The unemployment fund calculates the rate of unemployment benefit based on the best 12 months of earnings within the past two years. A rate is only calculated when a worker starts a new period of unemployment benefits. As of 1 July 2017, a monthly rate – a fixed amount – was introduced, whether or not the month is short or long. The maximum rate is DKK 18.633 per month for a full-time insured person. On another webpage the union’s unemployment fund is introduced.

Read all the conditions: in English (1) …   in English (2) …

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