Regarding the amendments to the six-month income-related unemployment benefit entitlement.

Parliament has approved amendments to the legislation on unemployment insurance which moves the six-month validity period of income-related benefits from the 1st of September 2020 to the 1st of June 2020. This means that jobseekers who had not fully utilised their income-related benefit period in June, July or August 2020 are entitled immediately to the six-month period instead of three months.

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The labour market in November 2020

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Restricted opening of service center in Reykjavík

The Directorate of Labour’s service center in Reykjavík will open on Wednesday the 16th of December.

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Do you want to study for one semester while unemployed?

The Directorate of Labour offers job seekers that have been unemployed for 6 months, to study full-time for one semester while receiving unemployment benefits. The initiative is called Opportunity in Education (Nám er tækifæri).

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December bonus for jobseekers.

Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister of Social Affairs and Children, has signed a regulation regarding the December bonus payment to jobseekers who are insured within the unemployment insurance system.

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The labour market in October

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Additional grant to study Icelandic this fall semester

The Directorate of Labour offers an additional 100% grant for Icelandic course this fall semester 

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The labour market in September

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Directorate of Labour Service Centers closed from the 5th of October

As of the 5th of October, all Directorate of Labour service centers will be closed due to the COVID-19 virus.This due to security measures in place to ensure the payment of unemployment benefits to jobseekers.

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The labour market in August

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Learning Icelandic fall 2020 in the Capital area

The Directorate of Labour will refund in full (100%) one Icelandic course for each jobseeker this fall semester.

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The labour market in July 2020

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