The standard entitlement of the unemployment security was increased to 500 euros by a temporary legislative amendment in June 2020. From December onwards, the standard entitlement will be 300 euros again.
The date when this change is to enter into force is linked to the starting date of the application period. What this means is that the standard entitlement of EUR 500 will remain in force if the application period begins no later than 30 November 2021. However, if the application period starts on or after 1 December 2021, the standard entitlement will be EUR 300 per month (EUR 279 if the adjustment period is four calendar weeks).
The standard entitlement is the amount of money you can earn by working part-time or by running a part-time business without it affecting your earnings-related unemployment allowance. Each euro of earned income above the standard entitlement decreases the daily allowance by 50 cents. When you apply for daily allowance, you must report your earned income to the unemployment fund even if it remains below the limit of the standard entitlement.
Terms of the mobility assistance will return to normal
You can receive mobility assistance if you are unemployed and accept work further away from your current place of residence.
The required length of the daily commute to and from work was reduced from three hours to two hours by a temporary legislative amendment. The amendment applies to full-time work. For part-time work, the required commute time had already been two hours.
The terms of the mobility assistance will go back to normal, so that from the beginning of December, the required commute time for full-time work will be three hours. The date when this change is to enter into force depends on the starting date of the employment relationship. Mobility assistance can be received for full-time work on the basis of a commute that takes more than two hours when the employment relationship starts no later than 30 November 2021. If the employment relationship starts on or after 1 December 2021, the three-hour commute requirement is applied.
Other news about legislative amendments
The adjustment periods of the daily allowance of part-time entrepreneurs will go back to normal. What this means is that we will usually take your business income into account based on your confirmed taxation. The temporary amendment that made it possible to take part-time entrepreneurship income into account on a monthly basis according to the allowance recipient’s notification will end on 30 November 2021.
At the moment, there is also another legislative amendment in force, which prohibits the application of special adjustment periods and converted income until 30 November 2021. The Government has proposed to keep this temporary amendment in force from 1 December 2021 to 31 December 2022.