Suspension period

The TE Office may issue a binding statement concerning a suspension period for instance if you resign from your job, agree on termination of your employment, or refuse a job. The length of the suspension period varies from 15 to 90 days, depending on the grounds on which it was imposed. All days are counted towards the suspension period (Monday to Sunday).

During the suspension period, no daily allowance is paid and your waiting period does not accrue. The term of periodisation, however, does accrue during the suspension period.

If a suspension period is imposed on you because you refused a job, this suspension period begins 30 days from the refusal. The KOKO fund will pay you daily allowance for the 30 days before the suspension period. Suspension periods imposed for reasons other than refusing a job begin immediately.

You may apply for daily allowance for the suspension period. KOKO will issue you a decision that you may appeal if you wish. You may only appeal a decision issued by KOKO; you may not appeal the TE Office statement.

For further information on suspension periods, visit the TE Office website.

Repeated actions that are reprehensible regarding labour market policy

If you repeatedly commit actions that are considered reprehensible regarding labour market policy, the TE Office will impose an employment obligation on you instead of a suspension period. In such a case, your entitlement to earnings-related daily allowance will be reinstated once you have spent at least 12 calendar weeks (about 3 months)

  • in employment that accrues your employment condition,
  • in labour market training,
  • in job search training or career coaching, in an employment or training experiment, or in rehabilitative work activities,
  • as a full-time student, or
  • as a full-time entrepreneur or self-employed person.

Whether actions are considered repeated, is evaluated over 6-month periods.

Contact the TE Office before beginning any activities to establish whether those activities accrue your employment obligation.