You are deemed to be laid off full-time if you are continuously off work for at least one calendar week. In the case of a full-time lay-off, you can be paid a full earnings-related allowance for five days a week for the duration of the lay-off.
Make sure to sign up as a job-seeker with the TE Office no later than on the first day of your lay-off. The TE Office will give your unemployment fund a labour policy statement about your circumstances.
If your employer lays you off on a full-time basis, you will need to fill in your first earnings-related allowance application two weeks after the start of the lay-off so that your application concludes on a Sunday. Please enclose at least the following evidence of your pay and employment with your earnings-related allowance application:
- Copy of your employment contract
- Copy of the lay-off notice
- Wage certificate covering a period of at least 26 calendar weeks before the start of your lay-off. We process applications based on information reported to the Incomes Register. However, the information reported by your employer may not be enough, in which case we will need a wage certificate from you. We therefore recommend that you enclose a wage certificate or payslips with your application to avoid delays.
You can find more information about applying for an earnings-related allowance under Applying for an earnings-related allowance