Estonian government approves changes in unemployment insurance benefits

  • 2012-03-15

TALLINN - The Estonian government approved on Thursday of amendments to the labor contract law that deprive people who resign their job at their own initiative or at agreement of both sides, of unemployment insure compensation, Postimees Online reports.

The aim of the bill is to preserve the current circle of people entitled to get unemployment insurance benefiters.

The law that was supposed to give an unemployment insurance compensation amounting to 40 percent of wages in case a person quit at their own initiative or at agreement of both sides starting 2013. Initially it was aimed to protect the employees who said employers forced to quit their job while in official papers, it was written as resignation at one's own initiative so that the employer would not have to pay severance or redundancy payments.

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