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Handy tips for your unemployment benefit

For most people, unemployment benefits are a far-from-their-bedshow. But that may soon change as we see the first signs of economic headwinds. That is why it is good to know what your rights and obligations are when you receive unemployment benefits. What do you have to take into account? What exactly should you do, and what should you leave out? In this blog we focus on useful WW tips.

Apply for unemployment benefits on time

This is possible from one week before the first day of unemployment until at the latest one week afterwards. For example, if your employment contract ends on 1 June, you will be unemployed within the meaning of the WW from 1 June. After you have applied for unemployment benefits, you will receive the decision within four weeks after the first day of unemployment. Don't agree with this? Then you can to object.

The amount of your unemployment benefit is 75 percent of your SV wage for the first two months, then 70 percent of your SV wage. However, the unemployment benefit is capped from a certain income. 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

Look at 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 UWV investigations. This may be an examination of your applications by your employment adviser. An employee of UWV can always ask you to cooperate in an investigation. The UWV checks whether you are complying with your obligations. If you do not cooperate with the study, this will have consequences for your unemployment benefit. In that case, the UWV cannot assess whether you are entitled to unemployment benefits, which means that you will no longer receive benefits.

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