Too meet the economic impact that the Corona pandemic is having on individuals, companies, and society, the Swedish Government and their supporting parties have agreed to implement temporary changes to the Swedish unemployment benefit system. These changes are due to expire after January 3rd 2021.

If you lose your job, you have to look for work in those industries that are currently hiring and must be prepared to return to work when the job market improves.

The work requirement

Those who meet the work requirement can receive unemployment benefit. The threshold for meeting the work requirement has been lowered from 80 to 60 hours per month. You will need to have worked for at least 6 out of the past 12 months, for at least 60 hours per month.

The alternative rule is also being changed

This change will allow more part-time and hourly workers to qualify. Under the changed alternative rule, you will need to have worked 420 hours in total during 6 consecutive months, but no less than 40 hours per individual month, to qualify.

The membership requirement

This change applies to decisions made on or after April 13th 2020. Those who meet the membership requirement are able to qualify for income related unemployment benefit. Each month of membership during March-December 2020 will count as 4 months. This means that you could qualify for up to 80 percent of your salary after just 3 months membership.

If you applied before April 13th 2020, the old rules still apply, meaning that you would need 12 full months of membership to qualify for income related unemployment benefit.

Examples of when the shortened membership requirement will be met

Q: Who will meet the membership requirement on April 1st 2020?
A: Anyone who joined on or before July 1st 2019.

Q: Who will meet the membership requirement on May 1st 2020?
A: Anyone who joined between August 1st and November 1st 2019.

Q: Who will meet the membership requirement on June 1st 2020?
A: Anyone who joined between December 1st 2019 and March 1st 2020.

Q: Who will meet the membership requirement on July 1st 2020?
A: Anyone who joined on or before April 1st 2020.

This applies to new applications where our decision is made on or after April 13th 2020.

No waiting period

There will be no waiting period before receiving unemployment benefit between March 30th 2020 and January 3rd 2021. This means unemployment benefit will be paid out from day 1 of unemployment. Normally, there would be a 6-day waiting period before the 1st day of unemployment benefit. In some cases, the waiting period has been erroneously applied on or after March 30th. This will be rectified as soon as possible.

Increased maximum benefit

This applies to all Time reports, starting with week 16 of 2020. The highest benefit level is 80% of your income up to SEK 33 000 per month. The maximum unemployment benefit per day (for the first 100 days of unemployment) is being raised from SEK 910 to SEK 1200 per day, before tax. This means that that those who qualify for income related unemployment benefit will be able to receive up to SEK 26 400 per month.

If you are currently receiving the maximum unemployment benefit of SEK 910, have not yet received all 100 first days, and have an average income above SEK 25 025, your unemployment benefit will also be raised. If you have already received the 100 first days, the maximum benefit level remains unchanged at SEK 760.

Increased basic benefit

This applies to all time reports, starting with week 16 2020. Those who meet the work requirement, but not the membership requirement, will be able to receive a maximum of SEK 510 per day, SEK 11 220 per month, before tax. The lowest basic benefit per day has been fixed at SEK 225 before tax.
The level of basic benefit is based on your average hours worked, not your average salary. This increase will also apply to those who are already receiving the basic benefit.

The self-employed can pause their business

Those who are self-employed can pause their business by temporarily ceasing operations to receive unemployment benefit. The business does not need to be closed permanently, and the pause does not need to be registered with neither Skatteverket nor Bolagsverket. No one can work in the business while it is paused.

No need to report your activities

Those receiving unemployment benefit will not have to report their activities to Arbetsförmedlingen. Currently, activity reporting is due to resume on July 1-14th, with the reporting of June’s activities.

The a-kassa time reports will need to be submitted as usual.