Alternating leave

Alternating leave is an arrangement in which the employee, in accordance with a separate agreement signed jointly with the employer, takes an alternating leave and the employer hires an unemployed person registered as a jobseeker with the employment office to cover the period of the leave. The duration of the alternating leave is an uninterrupted period of a minimum of 100 calendar days and a combined maximum of 360 calendar days. The alternating leave can be divided into periods lasting no less than 100 days. A person returning from an alternating leave is entitled to his/her earlier or comparable job.

Criteria for an alternating leave

  • a minimum of 16 years of employment prior to the start of the alternating leave (work history requirement), and
  • a minimum of 13 months of full-time (over 75%) employment and an employment relationship with the same employer just before the start of the alternating leave (minimum employment requirement).

Job alternation compensation

The full amount of the job alternation compensation is 70 per cent of the unemployment daily allowance to which the person would be entitled if the person became unemployed. If the person going on alternating leave has a work history of more than 25 years, the job alternation compensation increases to 80 per cent of the calculated unemployment daily allowance. The unemployment daily allowance that serves as the basis for the compensation is calculated from the wages earned over the 52 weeks preceding the alternating leave.