Norway wants to extend the increased unemployment benefit rate until July 1

Henrik AsheimPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Due to the corona situation, the Norweigan government is proposing to extend the increased unemployment benefit rate for the laid-off and unemployed until July 1.

“The infection situation and the corona measures mean that the labor market will be difficult for a long time to come.

“To make the situation more manageable for the corona-unemployed, we believe it makes sense to extend the temporary scheme with an increased unemployment benefit rate,” acting Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Henrik Asheim (H) said.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the government will extend the redundancy period and the right to unemployment benefits until July 1.

More predictability

“As the vaccination of the population is carried out, and infection control measures can be reduced, many of those who are currently laid off or unemployed will return to work.

“In the meantime, the situation will be more uncertain. With these extensions, we are giving both employees and employers more predictability in a difficult time,” Asheim said.

The rate for unemployment benefits has been temporarily increased to 80% for incomes below 3 times the basic amount (G), and 62.4% for incomes between 3 and 6 G.

The scheme with increased rates applies to everyone who has been granted unemployment benefits since March 20, 2020.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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