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Locking time at the employment office - does this time count towards the pension?

When do I face a blocking period?

The classic way of triggering a blocking period always takes place when someone quits their job. In this situation, the employment agency is forced to check whether you yourself caused your unemployment for no good reason. If there is no solid reason, you will have to waive unemployment benefit for twelve weeks. The same thing can happen to you if you have signed a termination agreement with your boss. If no important reason can be identified for the employment agency, you can forego a lot of money in this case as well.

What would be an “important reason” for not receiving a blocking period?

If you terminate the employment relationship yourself and you already have a new job, you do not have to worry about a blackout period. Even if there are health issues that make it impossible to continue working in the company, you will not face a ban. Of course, you must be able to prove this in writing - at best with a detailed certificate from the doctor.

Other opportune reasons to prevent a lockout period include caring for a family member or moving so that you can take more care of your children. Here, too, it is advisable to collect relevant documents for the employment office. You can find a good overview of blocking times and the possibilities to prevent them in this article by Finanztip.

How long does a blocking period at the employment office last?

That depends on the "offense" for which you have been told the embargo period. For example, anyone who registers too late looking for work only has to expect a one-week ban. If your clerk is of the opinion that you are not taking sufficient care of your work - for example if you have turned down a job offer - you face a three-week embargo period if you first offend. If it comes to a repetition, you can expect an initial six and ultimately twelve weeks suspension.

You will have to do without unemployment benefit for around three months (twelve weeks) if you triggered your unemployment yourself. However, this only applies if - as described above - there is no good reason.

Will I end up receiving unemployment benefits for a longer period after being blocked?

No, a blocking period does not mean that your entitlement to unemployment benefit is postponed into the future. In the affected period, your entitlement is completely void.

Example: Peter (53) has had a falling out with his boss and is quitting his job as a journeyman painter. In the medium term he would like to look for another company, the termination was impulsive. As a result, from the point of view of the employment office, there is no important reason. This is followed by a blocking period of twelve weeks, which begins on August 1st, 2019. In total, Peter is entitled to unemployment benefits for a year. His unemployment benefit will be suspended from August 1st through October 23rd, 2029. These twelve weeks are not added at the end of the year.

Will I have health insurance during the blocking period?

Yes, you are also covered by statutory health insurance during the blocking period. However, there is no entitlement to sick pay.

Are pension contributions paid during the blocking period?

No, and that can be a problem. Because times when you received unemployment benefit I are among the most important insurance periods for a possible early retirement. Let's take a look at the old-age pension for long-term insured persons. If you have 35 years of insurance together, you can retire at 63 - albeit with discounts.

When do I face a blocking period?

The classic way of triggering a blocking period always takes place when someone quits their job. In this situation, the employment agency is forced to check whether you yourself caused your unemployment for no good reason. If there is no solid reason, you will have to waive unemployment benefit for twelve weeks. The same thing can happen to you if you have signed a termination agreement with your boss. If no important reason can be identified for the employment agency, in this case, too, you should forego a lot of money.

What would be an “important reason” for not receiving a blocking period?

If you terminate the employment relationship yourself and you already have a new job, you do not have to worry about a blackout period. Even if there are health issues that make it impossible to continue working in the company, you will not face a ban. Of course, you must be able to prove this in writing - at best with a detailed certificate from the doctor.

Other opportune reasons to prevent a lockout period include caring for a family member or moving so that you can take more care of your children. Here, too, it is advisable to collect relevant documents for the employment office. You can find a good overview of blocking times and the possibilities to prevent them in this article by Finanztip.

How long does a blocking period at the employment office last?

That depends on the "offense" for which you have been told the embargo period. For example, anyone who registers too late looking for work only has to expect a one-week ban. If your clerk is of the opinion that you are not taking sufficient care of your work - for example if you have turned down a job offer - you face a three-week embargo period if you first offend. If it comes to a repetition, you can expect an initial six and ultimately twelve weeks suspension.

You will have to do without unemployment benefit for around three months (twelve weeks) if you triggered your unemployment yourself. However, this only applies if - as described above - there is no good reason.

Will I end up receiving unemployment benefits for a longer period after being blocked?

No, a blocking period does not mean that your entitlement to unemployment benefit is postponed into the future. In the affected period, your entitlement is completely void.

Example: Peter (53) has had a falling out with his boss and is quitting his job as a journeyman painter. In the medium term he would like to look for another company, the termination was impulsive. Therefore, from the point of view of the employment office, there is no important reason. This is followed by a blocking period of twelve weeks, which begins on August 1st, 2019. In total, Peter is entitled to unemployment benefits for a year. His unemployment benefit will be suspended from August 1st to October 23rd, 2029. These twelve weeks are not added to the end of the year.

Will I have health insurance during the blocking period?

Yes, you are also covered by statutory health insurance during the blocking period. However, there is no entitlement to sick pay.

Are pension contributions paid during the blocking period?

No, and that can be a problem. Because times when you received unemployment benefit I are among the most important insurance periods for a possible early retirement. Let's take a look at the old-age pension for long-term insured persons. If you have 35 years of insurance together, you can retire at 63 - albeit with discounts.


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