The work requirement is met if you have worked at least 26 weeks (equivalent of 6 months) during a period of 28 months. If you have worked at least 18 hours during a calendar week, that week is counted as a working week.
Working weeks can be counted for a period longer than 28 months if you have been absent from the labour market for acceptable reason. The 28 months period can be extended with a maximum of 7 years e.g. for the reasons mentioned below
- full-time study
- parental leave
- primary carer of a child aged 3 years or younger
- army or civilian service
- sick leave or rehabilitation allowance
If you do not meet the work requirement during your membership in the fund, Kela will pay you unemployment benefits until you meet the work requirement.