Unemployment Insurance Fund services, support and benefits, pension

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The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund pays the employee a monthly subsidy of 60% of the employee's average monthly wage but no more than 1000 Euros (gross).

The subsidy for a self-employed person is 584 Euros per month.

Last updated: 28.03.2021 23:01

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The temporary subsidy is paid for March and April, 2021.

The subsidy can only be applied for in the e-Unemployment Insurance Fund. The applications will be accepted from April 1 until May 31, i.e. applications for March in April and applications for April in May.

More information can be found on the web page of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund or by calling the information line 15501.

Last updated: 28.03.2021 23:01

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An employer can apply for the temporary subsidy for its employees if:

  • during the calendar month that the subsidy is applied for, its turnover or income has decreased at least 50 percent in comparison to
  • the average monthly turnover or income of the period between December, 2019 and February, 2020 or
  • the average monthly turnover or income of the period between July, 2020 and December, 2020;
  • it does not have work to give to the employees in the agreed upon volume, or it has reduced the wage of the employees;
  • no processes of compulsory dissolution, liquidation or bankruptcy have been launched against it and it has no tax arrears during the period of application or the tax payments have been postponed.

The subsidy is also open for self-employed persons whose business income was at least 50% smaller in 2020 than it was in 2019.

Prior to applying for the subsidy, the employer itself has the obligation to pay the employee at least a €200 (gross) monthly wage for the month that it is asking for the subsidy for the employee. The employer also cannot lay the employee off in the calendar month for which the subsidy was seeked, or the two calendar months following it. Similarly, a self-employed person cannot suspend or terminate their activities.

More specific information from the information line of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, 15501.

Last updated: 28.03.2021 23:02

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Temporary subsidy is paid to those employees whose employer's activities are significantly disrupted by the restrictions enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19. See more from the web page of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund

Last updated: 28.03.2021 23:00

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If you wish to register as unemployed and apply for an unemployment insurance allowance or for an unemployment benefit, we recommend submitting your application using our online services https://www.tootukassa.ee/. Applications will be accepted via e-mail (digitally signed), regular post, or telephone, and in the offices.

Applications for work ability assessment and work capability allowance can also be submitted at the website, e-mail (digitally signed), regular post, or in the offices of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. If necessary, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will forward the application documentation by post.

Please note! If you submit your application by e-mail, sign it digitally.

For further information:

  • call the information number 669 6513 or 15501,
  • check the website http://www.tootukassa.ee, or
  • send an e-mail to info@tootukassa.ee

Last updated: 30.06.2020 08:51

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If the work of a person working under a contract for services has stopped (the contract has not been terminated but there is no income), we recommend that he apply for a subsistence benefit from the local municipality.

However, if this person's contract for services has been terminated, this person has the right to apply for an unemployment benefit and an unemployment insurance benefit from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund if he has

  1. worked at least 12 months out of the last 36 months
  2. with a contract under the law of obligations and
  3. lost his job now.

Last updated: 15.04.2020 11:26

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If your family needs help, contact your local social welfare office.

Last updated: 29.03.2020 20:25

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The customer services offices of the Social Insurance Board are working contact free until April 4, 2021. It is recommended to use the e-services at the self-service portal of the Social Insurance Board https://iseteenindus.sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee/ and on the state portal eesti.ee, and call the information line 612 1360.

Applications and requests can be submitted contact-free:

  • via self-service communication portal
  • via eesti.ee
  • sending a digitally signed document to the address info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee
  • sending documents by regular post to the address Paldiski mnt 80, 15092 Tallinn

You can also submit your queries and scanned documents to the Social Insurance Board by e-mail: info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee, and then post the documents to Paldiski mnt 80, 15092 Tallinn.

The customer services offices follow the rules to prevent the risk of infection:

  • Clients are advised to use the hand disinfectants in the customers service office.
  • Customer service representatives use personal protective equipment.

Additional information on the Social Insurance Board customer services and other services is available on the website https://sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee/en

Last updated: 17.03.2021 17:08

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).