Disabled unemployed persons or job-seekers
The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides various assisting services for persons who wish to find employment and work, but need assistance due to disabilities or long-term health disorders.
The following services are provided for persons with disabilities and long-term health disorders by the Unemployment Insurance Fund:
- Adaptation of premises and equipment. The Unemployment Insurance Fund assists an employer in adapting the working environment and equipment to be accessible and usable for disabled persons. The costs of adapting are compensated to the employer if they have concluded an employment contract with a disabled person for an unspecified term. Home offices can also be adapted.
- Free use of special aids and equipment. If the performance of a person’s duties is restricted with the equipment provided by the employer due to a disability or decreased work ability of the person, they may be granted special aids and equipment (until the end of their employment, but not longer than for three years) for free. The contract for the use of technical aid may be extended if the technical aid is still necessary for the person to perform their duties. Special aids and equipment are provided for persons with pensionable age as well.
- Working with a support person. This service is provided for persons who need assistance and guidance at work due to a disability or long-term health disorder. The support person assists the disabled person in adjusting to work and coping with assignments. Upon agreement with the employer, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will organise the support person services and compensate the expenses for up to one year.
- Communication support at interviews. If a person needs assistance in communicating with the employer (such as in sign language) due to a disability or long-term health disorder, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will provide them a support person for the duration of the interview and cover all of the related expenses.
- Compensation for employer for labour market training. If a person has not been able to perform their duties for a long time due to state of health and the employer is ready to offer them another position after completing retraining or in-service training, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will compensate retroactively for 50 per cent of the training expenses to the employer.
- Training and counselling of employers on recruiting and employing persons with special needs. If a present-day or future employer of a disabled person wishes to acquire additional knowledge on recruiting persons with special needs or the employment support service, the Unemployment Insurance Fund offers counselling and training on these matters according to the needs of the employer.
- Protected employment. Protected employment means that a person with a disability can work within their abilities at the appropriate pace and in an environment that provides to them advice, guidance and assistance. As a result of protected employment, a person should be able to work at least 20 hours a week and ready to start working independently on a normal job.
- Peer counselling. Peer counselling refers to an exchange of experiences between persons sharing a similar disability or health disorder that provides emotional and social support. The purpose of counselling is to find opportunities and solutions that could help a disabled person cope with their life as independently as possible.
- Occupational rehabilitation. Occupational rehabilitation is meant for persons who have to deal with many restrictions due to a disability or illness and need assistance from various specialists and a rehabilitation team to restore or maintain work ability. Occupational rehabilitation may be necessary to improve mobility or speech, learn to use technical aids, resolve psychological problems. Counselling may also be necessary to find motivation and increase self-confidence, and learn to cope with a disability or illness on a daily basis. If necessary, a rehabilitation team will assist a person in adjusting to working life and counselling an employer on how to better organise work or adapt the working environment.
- Travel benefit. If a person is not able to use public transport to get to work as a result of a disability or health disorder and has to use a personal vehicle, taxi or special transport, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will partially compensate for the expenses incurred while travelling to work. The expenses are compensated if it is necessary for a person for commencing or continuing employment.
- Compensation for travel expenses for an accompanying person. If a disabled person is working under an employment contract or in civil service and needs the assistance of another person to get to work by using public transport, the person accompanying the disabled person will be compensated for the expenses incurred while travelling to work and back. Travel expenses will be compensated for the accompanying person for each day of providing travel assistance on the basis of expense receipts, but not for more than 26 euros per day. Travel expenses will be compensated for the accompanying person over the course of six months in a three-year-period.
If necessary, services such as the adaptation of premises and equipment, special aids and equipment and working with a support person are provided also for persons with disabilities or long-term health disorders who are already employed.
Read more about the services from the website of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. For more information and assistance, contact the Unemployment Insurance Fund or visit an office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.