Benefits to continue, study rules to be confirmed

26.08.2020 - 15:02
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The government decided at its cabinet meeting this morning to extend the time during which unemployment benefit levels are directly linked to previous salary from three months to six. The system of top-up benefits for those on reduced hours will be extended by two more months while the employment situation is analysed in collaboration with employers and unions, and the study options for long-term job seekers will be formalised.

The law on wage payments to people in quarantine will be extended to the end of 2021.

Nám er tækifæri (Study is Opportunity) is the name of the new project that will give people who have been unemployed for six or more months the opportunity to study courses at college or university for up to one semester without losing their benefits. The project will hopefully be put to Alþingi for approval in the coming days, according to social affairs minister Ásmundur Einar Daðason. 

Top-up benefits and pay while in quarantine were both due to expire at the end of this month, but the government has now confirmed they will be extended. 

“We are thinking that the top-up benefits system will be lengthened just as it is now, and we foresee deepening the conversation with both employers and the unions about how we see the future for this group, though it is only right to point out that the numbers using the top-up benefits have reduced a great deal in recent weeks and months, and that of course also has an influence,” Ásmundur Einar says. 

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Alexander Elliott
Project manager
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