Factsheet for case DK-2020-11/660 – Updated – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 09 March 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||16 April 2020 (updated 19 July 2021)|
With the different initiatives to support wage earners and self-employed, now follows an initiative from the government to support unemployed people - and in this case - receiving social security protection because the person is no longer eligible for an unemployment benefit. A so-called 225 hours rule in force requires that the unemployed needs to have had 225 hours of employment the last 12 months in order to continuously receiving a cash benefit. This rule the government and the Parliament has suspended on the background that finding a new job is impossible in the current situation.
Legal reference: LFF 2020-04-14 nr 169.
To be able to fulfill the demand of 225 hours work within the last 12 months with the aim to keep the cash benefit requires an active search for jobs. Finding new jobs has become a significantly difficult task. The COVID-19 has send thousands of employees home with a wage compensation waiting for reopening of the labour market. However, this has not avoided a drastic increase in unemployment due to bankruptcies or close downs of parts of a company. On this background, the government and the Parliament on 6 April 2020 decided to put the 225 hours rule on hold with effect from 9 March 2020 and three months forward. This means that the unemployed person receiving social security benefits in this period will receive the cash benefit without documenting 225 hours of employment in the last 12 months nor without having continuously to search for jobs.
A person of 30 years of age with children receives DKK 15,355 a month (1 January 2020). Persons under 30 years without children receives DKK 11,554 a month. Singles under 30 years with children receives DKK 14,677 a month.
It is too early to estimate the number of beneficiaries that falls under this specific rule.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners have expressed agreement with this support measure for unemployed receiving a cash benefit.
There has been no particular reaction from the social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Three months' suspension of eligibility criteria for long-term unemployment benefit holders, case DK-2020-11/660 (measures in Denmark), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.