COVID-19 - Division of labor is made more flexible

The labor division scheme makes it possible to temporarily reduce the contractual working hours for a period of time without dismissing the employees concerned, for example during periods of lack of order intake. With the division of labor, it will be possible to receive supplementary unemployment benefits during periods of home leave due to reduced working hours.

The government has decided to make the scheme more flexible so that companies can adapt faster to the current situation. It should support the fact that companies can use the scheme to avoid dismissals as a result of COVID-19.

Therefore, the rules have been changed so that a division of labor can be commenced as soon as it is reported to the job center. This will suspend the current requirement that a division of labor must be reported to the job center no later than one week before it can take effect.

At the same time, it becomes possible for companies to switch between types of division of labor when a cycle of division of labor is completed. This means that the scheme becomes more flexible, so that adaptations to production can be made faster.


A member of an unemployment benefit fund who is covered by a notified division of labor may, under a number of conditions, receive supplementary unemployment benefits for the days on which he or she does not work.

The division of labor must be established in accordance with a collective agreement or collective agreement with the company concerned.

The working hours must be reduced by at least 2 full days per week or with 1 week of full-time work followed by 1 week of unemployment. However, the distribution can also be arranged with 2 weeks of full-time work followed by 1 week of unemployment or with 2 weeks of full-time work followed by 2 weeks of unemployment.

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