I was receiving earnings-related daily allowance immediately before taking maternity leave. My parental allowance is about to expire. What should I do?

You may apply for earnings-related daily allowance again after your maternity/parental allowance period expires. Assuming all other conditions are met, you are entitled to daily allowance if

  • your maximum period of 300, 400 or 500 payment days has not expired,
  • you register as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Office after your maternity/parental leave, and
  • you have remained a member of the KOKO unemployment fund all this time.

Attach copies of the Kela decisions on your maternity/parental leave to your daily allowance application. If you or your spouse have applied for or received home child care allowance for a period after your maternity/parental leave, attach a child home care allowance enquiry to your application.

You may submit your first application to KOKO when your unemployment has lasted 2 weeks. eService will instruct you to fill out a first application, because more than 6 months will have elapsed between applications. After this, you may apply for daily allowance for periods of 4 weeks or more on a continuing application or express application.