Warning or suspension from compensation for a programme

You may be given a warning if, for example, you do not actively look for a job or omit to report on your job search activities. If this happens repeatedly, you may lose your unemployment benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency for one or more days.

What should you do if you receive a warning or a decision to suspend your benefits?

You will first receive a communication letter from us. In some cases this letter also contains a preliminary decision. Before we make a final decision, you have the opportunity to give us your views and comments. You can use the response form on the web, call us, or submit the form ‘Svar på kommunicering inför beslut om sanktion eller varning’ (‘Response to a communication regarding an impending penalty or warning decision’), which you will receive with the letter.

Submit your comments via the response form

If you are not satisfied with the final decision, you can request that we examine it again. If you wish to do so, fill in the form entitled ‘Begäran om omprövning’ (‘Request for a review’) and send it to us.

Request a review of a decision

What happens if you do not do what you have to do?

Arbetsförmedlingen will check whether you fulfil the conditions for compensation from a programme and will decide on a warning or suspension from compensation if you misbehave, neglect your job-seeking obligations, prolong or cause your unemployment.

If you are being supported by our suppliers, they are obliged to inform Arbetsförmedlingen if you in any way misbehave or neglect your job-seeking obligations, prolong or cause your unemployment.

If you misbehave or neglect your job-seeking obligations

You need to do what we have agreed on so as not to misbehave or neglect your job-seeking obligations.

This may lead to a warning or suspension from compensation from a programme

To avoid any problems with neglect or misbehaviour, you must:

  • Draw up a plan together with us
  • Submit your activity report to us in time
  • Take part in booked meetings and contact us and our suppliers at booked times
  • Be available if we have agreed on a time for a telephone meeting
  • Take part in interventions or activities
  • Apply for jobs or training courses that we have instructed you to apply for
  • Be an active job-seeker and apply for advertised positions and/or jobs that Arbetsförmedlingen has suggested to you or instructed you to apply for. You can also contact potential employers yourself, expressing your interest in working for them or send them your CV.
  • First time: you receive a warning.
  • Second time: 1 day without benefit.
  • Third time: 5 days without benefit.
  • Fourth time: 10 days without benefit.
  • Fifth and subsequent times: 45 days without benefit. If your payment is based on unemployment benefit, it is then reduced to 223 kronor per day after the 45-day period.

If you prolong your period of unemployment

If you decline a job, a work experience placement or other programme or measure, you are prolonging your period of unemployment.

If you

  • decline a suitable job that you are offered
  • decline education that you have been admitted to and that we have instructed you to apply for
  • willingly prevent employment from being realised
  • decline a measure or activity.

This is what happens if you prolong your period of unemployment

  • First time: 5 days without benefit.
  • Second time: 10 days without benefit.
  • Third time: 45 days without benefit.
  • Fourth and subsequent times: 45 days without benefit. If your payment is based on unemployment benefit, it is reduced to 223 kronor per day after the 45-day period.

If you cause your unemployment

If you resign from a job, you cause your unemployment yourself.

If you

  • resign from a job without a valid reason
  • behave in a way that causes you to be dismissed.

This is what happens if you cause your unemployment yourself

  • First and second time: 45 days without benefit.
  • Third and each subsequent time: 45 days without benefit. If your payment is based on unemployment benefit, it is reduced to 223 kronor per day after the 45-day period.

If you knowingly provide false information

Försäkringskassan can decide to suspend your benefit for a long period. This applies if you knowingly or through gross carelessness provided false or misleading information to Försäkringskassan and thereby receive more benefit than you are entitled to.