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Stricter rules for the unemployment benefit

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
From 01.01.2013 the total number of days the unemployed is subsidized cannot exceed 450 days maximum during the last four years and f rom 01.01.2014 cannot exceed 400 days maximum during the last four years. / The minimum required contributions increase from 75 to 80 full-time working days during the last two years from which 125 working days must be during the last 14 months not taking account the last 2 months /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
/ Enforced formal employment mainly of seasonal and temporal workers /
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • dualisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
    Intended target group
    Working age population
    • main source of income: paid work
    Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
    • agency or national social insurance body
    • central state
    • employees (organised or individual)
    • employers (organised or individual)
    Intended output
    • benefit eligibility
    • regulation of the labour market
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    This particular innovation promotes workfare and cause negative effects on labour market resilience
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