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What do I do if I become unemployed?

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What should you remember if you become unemployed?

If you become unemployed, we've gathered the most important things you need to remember to do, each of which is explained in more detail below, but here's a brief overview:

1. Register as unemployed on Jobnet.dk on your first day of unemployment. You can also go to your local job center.

2. Submit a declaration of unemployment through Self Service as soon as possible.

Learn more about how to fill out an unemployment declaration

 

3. Search for jobs from your first available day - and remember to register your job search every week. Read more here. 

4. fill in the unemployment benefit card at the end of the month. See here how to fill out the unemployment benefit card correctly

We know that it can be a bit of a jungle to find out what you can and should do in the Danish employment system. That's why we'll try to guide you as best we can. We believe that the better off you are, the better your job hunt will be.

You are also always welcome to contact us.

What to remember when you become unemployed

To register as unemployed on Jobnet.dk

Register as unemployed on Jobnet.dk

We can only pay you unemployment benefits from the day you are registered as unemployed with the job center. Therefore, it is important that you register with the job center on your first day of unemployment. You can do this on Jobnet.dk, Your registration is registered when you receive an electronic receipt via email, remember to save this email as documentation.

You can also register by going to the job center or unemployment fund. If the job center or unemployment fund is closed on your first day of availability, you must register on the first day it is open thereafter. The registration is part of the availability obligations. Similarly, you must remember to deregister on jobnet.dk when you get a job lasting at least 14 days, become ill for at least 14 days or for other reasons do not wish to be registered with the job center.

Declaring yourself unemployed in Min A-kasse

Declare yourself unemployed in Min A-kasse

You must complete and submit a declaration of unemployment via Self Service. Together with the declaration, you must attach your resignation or provide a written explanation of the reason for stopping work.

We aim to finish processing your declaration of unemployment before the first time you need to fill in your unemployment benefit card. So send it to us as soon as possible, as we need time to process it. You do not need to send us your payslips unless you have worked abroad. We collect all Danish salary information in the Income Register at SKAT.

Creating your CV on jobnet.dk

Create your CV on jobnet.dk

You must create a CV on the Jobcenter's website Jobnet.dk before two weeks have passed from the day you registered as unemployed at the Jobcenter. It is not possible to upload your own CV. You must use the template available on jobnet. This way, your profile can be matched with the available jobs in the Jobcenter's Job and CV bank. We also use it to get an overview of your professional profile prior to our meetings with you, so we can help find the right match for you

If you need help preparing your CV, we at Min A-kasse will be happy to help you.

Approval of CV on jobnet.dk

(See also the point below)

Once you have created your CV, we at Min A-kasse must approve that it meets the legal requirements. We can do this at the first interview, which we will invite you to no later than 2 weeks after you have registered as unemployed on jobnet.dk. It is important that you have created a CV that we can approve, as an approved CV is a condition for receiving unemployment benefits. We also find that our members are happy for the opportunity to clarify various questions about being unemployed. 

In order for us to approve your CV, it must represent a 'realistic and serious' approach to your job search. It must include information about:

    • Your previous employments
    • a professional profile (it's called 'a little about me') 
    • Your educational background, courses etc.
    • Your other qualifications, language skills etc.
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What to remember while you're unemployed

Attend all meetings in Min A-kasse

Join conversations with Min A-kasse

You will be invited to your first interview at Min A-kasse within two weeks of registering as unemployed. Here we will guide you in your job search process and formally review and approve your CV if you have prepared it for approval

The interview is based on your specific situation and together we draw up "Job search requirements", which is part of "My plan". "Job search requirements" is an agreement that forms the framework for your job search and is included in the availability assessment. You can read more about My Plan here.

We agree on the strategy that best supports your immediate opportunities to find work, and then evaluate it during interviews in the unemployment fund and in connection with availability assessments.

Filling out an unemployment benefit card

Fill out an unemployment benefit card

You must fill out and submit an unemployment benefit card every month. You can fill out an electronic unemployment benefit card via Min A-kasses Selvbetjening. The benefits will be transferred to your bank account on the last banking day of the month. On the first benefit card, you must account for your activities in the month in which you registered as unemployed. Both before and after the date on which you registered as unemployed. See here how to fill out your unemployment benefit card.

Searching for jobs and filling out your job log weekly

Actively looking for a job is an important part of being 'available for work', which is a prerequisite for receiving unemployment benefits. This means, for example, that you need to look for several jobs a week. Read more about 'being available for work' here.

It's in your best interest to start looking for a job as soon as you become unemployed. The sooner you get started, the sooner you get the job you want.

Why do I need to fill out the job log weekly?

The job log is a tool to record the jobs you have applied for. But you can also use it to plan your job search and keep track of the jobs you would like to apply for, as well as keep track of the jobs you have applied for.

Therefore, while you are unemployed, you must register your job search in the job log every week. Here you should also upload examples of applications you have sent to employers each month.

You can find the job log in the self-service under the 'Job search' tab, 'Update your job log'. You register your job search and select 'Add' to upload specific applications you have sent to employers. You can also access the job log and register your information via jobnet.dk

Our job is to assess whether you are available for the labor market. Therefore, it is very important that you apply for jobs every week as agreed in 'Job search requirements' and register your job search in the Job Log. If you experience technical problems or have difficulty completing the Job Log, please contact us.

The information in the job log is necessary for us to make a positive availability assessment. Therefore, we will react if you do not continuously register your job search in the job log or do not upload examples of your applications.

The rules on 'being available for work' are very strict. If you don't keep your job log up to date, you risk losing your right to unemployment benefits.

 

When you need unemployment benefits from your employer - (G-days)

Your employer must pay you G-days for the first two days you are unemployed. This applies if you have worked and been paid for at least 74 hours within four weeks prior to becoming unemployed.

If you are completely unemployed on G-days, your employer must pay the highest unemployment benefit rate (DKK 940 in 2024) per day, and the money must be paid no later than the second salary payment after you have resigned.

If you are unemployed for 4 hours or less on G-days, your employer only has to pay half G-days (470 DKK in 2024).

We cannot pay unemployment benefits for the days you are entitled to G-days, so you will be charged 7.4 hours for full G-days and 3.7 hours for half G-days.

Your employer must pay G-days for:

  • dismissal that is not due to your own circumstances
  • Repatriation,
  • termination of task and fixed-term piecework and similar, and
  • Variable employment, such as temporary work where the scope of the work is not known in advance. In this case, you are considered laid off every day, and therefore you must have G-days when you are free between work assignments.

Your employer is obliged to inform you how many G-days have been paid out in each pay period and in total for the whole year. An employer must pay G-days a maximum of 16 times to you within a calendar year. This includes both full and half G-days.

Your employer does not have to pay G-days if you are on your 1st and 2nd day of unemployment:

  • working full-time with another employer,
  • you are offered continued employment with your employer in writing and you decline the offer,
  • is sick
  • taking a vacation
  • is responsible for the dismissal or the work stoppage is due to a strike, lockout or force majeure, 
  • stop working in unpaid work or, as a civil servant, you switch to availability pay, or
  • is unemployed from a job with wage subsidy

 

Your employer does not have to pay G-days in the event of bankruptcy or suspension of payments. This also applies even if the employer goes bankrupt after you have become unemployed.

You can get help to get paid G-days

If your employer does not pay the G-days after you have requested them and no later than the second paycheck after you have resigned, we can help you collect them from your employer. If your employer still doesn't pay, we can deduct the money for the G-days and forward the case to the Employment Appeals Board.

Tro- og loverklæring

Din arbejdsgiver kan bede dig om at udfylde en tro- og loverklæring, hvor du skal skrive under på, om du har haft andet arbejde, været syg eller holdt ferie på 1. og 2. ledighedsdag.

Hvis din arbejdsgiver har bedt dig om at udfylde en tro- og loverklæring, har du højst 14 dage til at svare, og modtager din arbejdsgiver ikke erklæringen inden fristens udløb, mister du retten til G-dage. Det betyder, at a-kassen ikke kan udbetale dagpenge til dig på G-dagene.

 

Unsubscribe on Jobnet.dk when you get a job

If you get a new full-time job, remember to deregister as unemployed on jobnet.dk from the date you start. You can easily register your first working day in the future - read here how to do this.

If you have less than 6 weeks until you start your new job, you can apply for a job search exemption.

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Communication with Min A-kasse

Jobnet.dk and Min A-kasse's self-service will be the primary communication channels where you can both receive and send messages.
In both places, you can sign up for e-mail and SMS service, so you can be notified directly when there is 'mail' for you in the respective inboxes.

Contact Min A-kasse when you are unemployed

Jobnet.dk and Min A-kasses Selvbetjening will be the primary communication channels where you can both receive and send messages.
In both places, you can sign up for e-mail and SMS service, so you can be notified directly when there is 'mail' for you in the respective inboxes.

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Hanna and her friendly colleagues are ready to help you in your job search

Contact Min A-kasse if you have questions regarding membership and unemployment insurance questions

Jobnet.dk and Min A-kasses Selvbetjening will be the primary communication channels where you can both receive and send messages.
In both places, you can sign up for e-mail and SMS service, so you can be notified directly when there is 'mail' for you in the respective inboxes.

Become a member of Min A-kasse for only 506 DKK/month.

Join online or by phone at 70123782