If you are a full-time student, the KOKO fund cannot pay you earnings-related daily allowance. This also applies to summer holidays. However, if studying is your secondary occupation, there is no restriction on payment of daily allowance. The TE Office will issue a statement as to whether your studies are full-time or not. Please contact the TE Office to obtain this statement.
If you are temporarily laid off and your lay-off started on 16 March 2020 or later, the TE Office will not examine the part-time or full-time nature of your studies. If the lay-off continues after 1 January 2021, the TE Office will investigate the matter and provide the fund with a binding decision on the full-time or part-time nature of your studies.
Please note that you cannot receive student financial aid or adult education allowance for the same period that you receive earnings-related unemployment allowance. If you receive these benefits, we recommend that you contact the party that pays them before applying for earnings-related unemployment allowance to avoid recovery.
For further information on studying, see Studying and services promoting employment.
You do not need to notify the KOKO fund of changes in your employment relationships unless you apply for earnings-related daily allowance. We do not need your employment details unless and until you apply for earnings-related daily allowance.
In some cases, you may need to notify your union of changes in your employment. Contact your union as necessary.
The KOKO unemployment fund does not offer legal advice regarding employment relationships. KOKO provides advice on applying for earnings-related daily allowance and other matters related to our operations.
If you are a member of a union, we recommend that you contact your union. Many unions offer their members legal advice in employment matters.
The principal benefit during illness is the sickness allowance paid by Kela. If the duration of your illness is short, i.e. less than the waiting period for the Kela sickness allowance, the KOKO unemployment fund will continue paying you daily allowance as before. In case of a longer sick leave, you need to apply to Kela for sickness allowance. KOKO may pay you a daily allowance during the Kela waiting period if you were receiving earnings-related daily allowance immediately before you fell ill.
Notify the TE Office of your illness. You must append a medical certificate specifying the period of illness to your application if you apply for earnings-related daily allowance for the duration of the Kela waiting period.