It is very important that you get your employer to clarify what it means if he/she says that you should not go into your workplace.
- If you have been sent home for a period of time without being fired, as a rule, your employer still has to pay your wages.
- If you have been laid off, you must be paid in accordance to the notice of termination stated in your contract. Thereafter, you can get unemployment benefits or cash assistance until you are employed again.
Have you been sent home without pay based on your agreement?
Rules in some agreements stipulate that, in special cases, employees may be sent home without pay for a shorter period of time. If you are unsure whether this is the case with your agreement, please contact your work union.
You can apply for financial aid if you have been sent home without pay according to your agreement:
- If you are a member of an unemployment insurance fund, you can apply for unemployment benefits. You do this via your unemployment insurance fund.
- If you are not a member of an unemployment insurance fund, you can apply for cash assistance or other benefits. Please have a look at the instructions below.
The salary compensation scheme may be an alternative to laying employees off
If you work in a company that is financially pressed due to the effects of the corona virus, you can draw your employer’s attention to the temporary salary compensation scheme. It may act as an alternative to the dismissal of employees - if the company meets the requirements of the scheme.
You can refer your employer to virksomhedensguiden.dk.
If you are sent home under the salary compensation scheme, you will continue to receive a salary without being dismissed, but you must not work either. You must also take five holiday days, days to counterbalance overtime or leave without pay.