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Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Benefits

In the case of involuntary unemployment, workers contributing to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and having accumulated sufficient credits before becoming unemployed, are entitled to unemployment benefits for up to 34 weeks. Workers should apply for this benefit within six months of unemployment.
An unemployment benefit of 38% to 68% of average earnings in the last six months, depending on the insured's period of service and level of income, is paid for up to eight months. For every six completed days of employment, the insured is eligible for one additional day of benefits, up to 238 days in the four-year period before the date of application for the benefit. Provided that the unemployed person is capable of and available for work, they must register with and report to the public employment exchange, unless unemployment is the result of illness or pregnancy. Unemployment must not be the result of refusing suitable work or training. The unemployment benefit is paid after 14 days of waiting period.
Source: §15-18 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (last amended in 2003)

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