HOLIDAY, SICKNESS & MATERNITY/PATERNITY LEAVE

HOLIDAY, SICKNESS & MATERNITY/PATERNITY LEAVE

Can I receive holiday benefits from my unemployment insurance fund?

If you have received unemployment insurance or maternity/paternity benefits you can receive holiday allowance from FTFa the following year. From January 1st, 2017, it is no longer possible to earn holiday allowance when receiving sickness benefits. 

When can I see if I have earned holiday allowance?

In April you will be able to see how many days of holiday allowance you have earned. FTFa will also send you a letter with the number of days you have earned.

You can only earn a maximum of 25 days of holiday allowance.

How much holiday allowance will I receive?

Your holiday allowance are the same daily amount as your unemployment insurance benefits.

Why can I not receive holiday allowance when I have earned them?

Even if you have earned holiday allowance and have received a letter from FTFa notifying you of this there are some instances when you still can receive them.

For example, if you no longer qualify for unemployment insurance benefits you cannot receive holiday allowance. If you are a student or self-employed you do not qualify for holiday allowance.

You qualify for holiday allowance if:

  • You hold a membership to a Danish unemployment insurance fund
  • You qualify for unemployment insurance benefits – also when employed.
  • You are employed or unemployed
  • You have spent your earned holiday from an employer
  • You are on holiday

How do I apply for holiday allowance?

You can apply for holiday allowance through Tast Selv whether you are employed or unemployed. We recommend that you apply no later than a month before your holiday.

Why have I not been informed whether I have been approved for holiday allowance?

In most cases, when you apply for holiday allowance you will be notified directly on your screen that your application have been approved when you apply through Tast Selv.

In this case you will not be informed further until the notice that the money is on its way to your account. You will receive an email approximately three days before the money is transferred to your account.

If you are not notified directly on your screen it is because your application requires further work. In this case, you will receive a message from FTFa in Tast Selv when the application has been approved. '

We will send you a payment summary approximately one week before your holiday starts to inform you of the date the money will be transferred to you.

When will I receive my holiday allowance?

Your holiday allowance from FTFa will be transferred to your account about a week before your holiday starts.

You will receive a message from FTFa three days before the money is in your account.

Can I receive unemployment insurance benefits if I am ill?

If you fall ill, you must register as ill on Min side on jobnet.dk on your first sick day.

You must do this whether you receive full unemployment insurance benefits or supplementary benefits. You must also register even if you are ill only one day.

FTFa will be notified automatically that you have registered ill when you do so on jobnet so you do not need to contact FTFa.

When you are well again you must register this on Min side at jobnet.dk so you can receive your unemployment insurance benefits from your fund.

  • If you are unemployed full-time you will receive unemployment insurance benefits from your fund the first 14 days you are ill. If you are not well again after 14 days, your local municipality will pay you sickness benefits. You will receive an application form for sickness benefits which you must make sure to return to your municipality within eight days after the letter has been send to you. If you do not receive the application automatically you must contact your municipality no later than five weeks after your first sick day and tell them you want sickness benefits.
  • If you are employed part-time and receive supplementary benefits you will not receive sickness benefits from your unemployment insurance fund. Instead you will receive them from your local municipality from your first sick day. You will receive an application form for sickness benefits which you must return within eight days. If you do not receive the application automatically you must contact your municipality no later than three weeks after your first sick day and tell them you want sickness benefits.

    You cannot receive sickness benefits or unemployment insurance benefits when ill until you have registered as ill on jobnet.dk. Therefore, it is important that you do so on your first sick day.

    If your doctor judges that you are only well enough to work part-time, you must contact FTFa before you register as well on jobnet.dk We must assess if you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits since it requires you to be available full-time for the labour market.

Can I receive unemployment insurance benefits while I am on maternity/paternity leave?

You cannot receive unemployment insurance benefits from FTFa while you are on maternity/paternity leave. Instead you can receive maternity/paternity benefits from your local municipality.

It is Udbetaling Danmark who is responsible for the payment of maternity/paternity benefits, and they also decide whether you are eligible for maternity/paternity benefits.

If you have any questions regarding maternity/paternity benefits, please contact Udbetaling Danmark.

Find out more at https://lifeindenmark.borger.dk/coming-to-denmark/family-and-children or call 70 12 80 64. 

When must FTFa know that I am taking maternity leave?

Usually you can start your maternity leave four weeks before you expect to go into labour. If you are unemployed, then you will have to contact FTFa four weeks before your due date at the latest.

You also have to contact your job centre four weeks before your due date at the latest. Your job centre has to assess whether you can stop coming to meetings until your maternity leave starts.

FTFa will let Udbetaling Danmark know that you should receive maternity benefits, and then they will contact you.

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