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Unemployed? This is what you need to know about the WW

June 04, 2024

Losing your job: it can happen to anyone. Perhaps your contract is not extended, or your employer does not offer you enough hours. Fortunately, you can then apply for unemployment benefits, so that you do not end up completely without income. To give you some support during this probably stressful period, we will answer all your questions about the unemployment benefit below. From application to job application obligation: you need to take this into account if you lose your job.

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Apply for unemployment benefits on time

This is possible from one week before the first day of unemployment until no later than one week afterwards. 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 benefits, you will receive the decision within four weeks of the first day of unemployment. Don't you agree with this? Then you can 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.

Learn more!

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Want to know more?

Questions about what you should or should not do during unemployment benefits? Please feel free to contact us. Our Service Center can be reached every working day from 8.30:17.00 AM to 0345:851 PM via and 963 XNUMX XNUMX.

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