Unemployment is near its lowest level in the past ten years. This will not change any time soon, thanks to the enormous shortage of people and surplus of vacancies. However, it is always possible that you will find yourself without a job. And in such a case it is quite useful to know what to take into account when you receive unemployment benefits. What are the do's, and which don'ts should you watch out for? We'll sort it out.
Apply for unemployment benefits on time
This is possible from one week before the first day of unemployment until one week afterwards at the latest. For example, if your employment contract ends on June 1, you will be unemployed within the meaning of the WW from June 1. After you have applied for unemployment benefit, you will be sent the decision within four weeks of the first day of unemployment. Do you disagree? Then you can to object.
How much do you get?
The amount of your WW benefit is 75 percent of your WW monthly wage for the first two months, and 70 percent thereafter. From a certain income, the unemployment benefit is 'capped'. Usage the calculation tool of the UWV to calculate how high your unemployment benefit can be.
Provide the correct information about your situation to the UWV
The information you provide to the UWV must be complete, correct and on time with the UWV. Will your situation change? Then you must report this within one week. If you do not comply with this, you will temporarily receive less or no unemployment benefit. You can also be fined.
Changes in your situation may affect the amount or duration of your benefit. Examples of important changes are:
- You are going to work as a self-employed person or as an employee
- You're going on vacation
- You are sick or better
- You receive other income in addition to your unemployment benefit
Visit the website of the UWV whether you need to report a change in your situation.
Actively apply for suitable work
In order to receive unemployment benefits, it is important that you actively look for work. Make sure you apply at least four times every four weeks. The adviser of the UWV regularly asks for proof of application activities, so keep it well.
Prevent you from becoming unemployed (again)
In addition to your unemployment benefit, do you also have work as an employee or as a self-employed person and do you know that you will soon lose your job? Then do everything you can to find work again as soon as possible. Search for vacancies immediately and start applying.
Do not refuse to cooperate in an investigation by the UWV
If you receive unemployment benefits, you must cooperate with investigations by the UWV. This may include an examination of your applications by your employment advisor. An employee of UWV can always ask you to cooperate in an investigation. The UWV checks whether you comply with your obligations. If you do not cooperate with the investigation, this will have consequences for your unemployment benefit. The UWV will then not be able to assess whether you are entitled to unemployment benefits, which means that you will no longer receive a benefit.