I have part-time paid employment and/or an own business: What does this mean for me?

I receive benefits and/or run my own business as a secondary occupation

Your period will be limited to 30 weeks

The rules in force until 1 October 2018 entitle you to supplementary benefits for up to 78 weeks while you run your own business as a secondary occupation. 
 
From 1 October 2018 the 78-week rule will be substituted by a right to receive supplementary benefits for 30 weeks within 104 weeks. Weeks used before 1 October 2018 will not be included. 
 
You will thus get 30 new weeks with supplementary benefits no matter how many weeks you have used before 1 October, and even if you no longer receive benefits because you exceeded 78 weeks.
 
Your right to supplementary benefits will thus lapse when you have run your own business or worked part-time as a wage earner for 30 weeks over the last 104 weeks.
 
As mentioned above, weeks used in your own business before 1 October 2018 will not be included.
 
When your right to supplementary benefits expires, you must make a choice between closing your business or continue running it without receiving benefits. Please note that if you choose to close your business, you will not be entitled to benefits after a further (second) close-down unless you have earned a new 2-year right to benefits. Learn more about what to consider before closing your business on this page in the section "Your right to start a new business will be limited".
 
Note that weeks with part-time paid work and supplementary benefits also count towards the 30-week limit, whether they occurred before or after 1 October 2018.
 
For example, if you received benefits before 1 October 2018 in 20 weeks in which you also had paid work, you will be entitled to 10 weeks only with your own business or with part-time work from that date. If you already used all your 30 weeks with supplementary benefit rights as a wage earner, you will have to close your own business to continue receiving benefits. Learn more about how the 30 weeks are used in the section "Weeks copunting towards your 30-week benefit rights"

Better opportunities for running your own business as a secondary occupation from 1 October 2018

Although the period in which you can claim benefits while self-employed is reduced to 30 weeks, other rules will be relaxed from 1 October 2018: 
  • You can work in your own business as a secondary occupation at all hours; that is, also during ordinary office hours. You can work full-time in your own business for a period and then apply for supplementary benefits. This could be relevant for you until you have earned the right to a new 2-year benefit period. Click here to learn more about earning new benefit rights
  • If your 30-week period expires, the period with supplementary benefits may be extended by up to 12 weeks. Learn more about the conditions for extension in the section "I receive benefits and have a part-time job" – Please note that they also apply for persons who run their own business as a secondary occupation 
  • Your income will count towards earning the right to a new benefit period. The calculation of your benefit rate is also income-based
  • Under certain conditions you can convert your business into a so-called spare-time activity or wealth management. In that case, the hours spent will still lead to deduction in your benefits, and they do not count towards earning a new benefit right. On the other hand, you will no longer be limited by the 30 weeks, thus allowing you to continue as long as you wish. Learn more about spare-time activity og wealth management.
Your availability for the job market remains a basic condition for claiming benefits – for example by looking for full-time work as a wage earner and being able to take on paid work with a day’s notice. 
 
This means that you must continue to job log and attend meetings called by us or the Jobcenter. If your secondary occupation prevents you from doing so, you are not entitled to benefits.
 
We will contact you immediately after the summer holiday if you are still unemployed and running your own business as a secondary occupation. 
 

I receive benefits and have a part-time job

If your 30-week right to supplementary benefits has not expired by 1 October 2018, the period with supplementary benefits may be extended by up to 12 weeks. Extensions are made for 4 weeks at a time – for a maximum of 12 weeks in total (4, 8 and 12 weeks).

Opportunities for extension 

We collect information on your paid employment in the tax authorities’ (SKAT) income register. Going back 12 months from the expiry date of the 30 weeks, we can extend by 4 weeks for every:

  • monthly report of more than 146 paid hours 
  • 4 (four) weekly reports of more than 34 paid hours
  • 2 (two) 14-day reports of more than 68 paid hours
  • month in which you have run your own business without claiming benefits, provided that the business was registered with the central business register (CVR) for at least 6 months.

 
A shared period for all part-time work

From 1 October 2018 it will be a shared 30 week period for all part-time work; that is, both part-time paid work and work in your own business as a secondary occupation. Learn more how the 30 weeks are used in the section "Weeks counting towards your 30-week benefit rights".

 

I receive benefits and have part-time paid work while I run my own business as a secondary occupation

A shared 30-week period with a right to benefits while doing any kind of part-time work is introduced from 1 October 2018. This applies whether you own your business or have a salaried job.

Weeks with benefits while you were running your own business as a secondary occupation will be returned to zero from 1 October 2018.

Weeks with supplementary benefits while you had paid work will not be returned to zero.

Consider an example: From 1 October 2018 you will be entitled to supplementary benefits in no more than 10 weeks if you already received benefits for 20 weeks while you had paid work. The same applies if you run your own business as a secondary occupation. If you already used all 30 weeks, you will have to close your business to continue receiving benefits.

Note that all weeks in which you receive benefits will count towards the 30-week limit when you run your own business as a secondary occupation. Go to section D below to learn more about how you use the 30 weeks while working in your own business as a secondary occupation or have part-time paid work.

Although the period is reduced, other rules for running your own business as a secondary occupation will be relaxed from 1 October 2018:

Learn more in the section "I receive benefits and/or run my own business as a secondary occupation".

 

Weeks counting towards your 30-week benefit rights

Paid work: Only weeks in which you work while receiving benefits are included.

Running your own business as a secondary occupation: All weeks are included, whether you work or not. However, weeks are not included if no benefits are paid for the week in question – for example because you take time off from work or work at least 37 hours.

Work and other hours without benefit rights

 

Weeks with 37 hours or more

Weeks with less than 37 hours

Weeks with no hours

Paid work

Not included

Included

Not included

Own business

Not included

Included

Included*

* All weeks of the month in which you start your business will count towards the 30 weeks, no matter when the business opens. If you start at the middle or at the end of the month, we will have to include weeks in which you are not actually running your own business. To fully use your right to 30 weeks while running your own business as a secondary occupation, you should therefore start your business as early as possible in the month, preferably on the first day of the month.