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FAQ

Are foreign nationals included in the Corona wage supplement system?

All employees in the Faroese private labour market, who fulfill the requirements for support, are included in the system, Faroese as well as foreign nationals.

I am quarantined, am I entitled to the wage supplement from ALS?
If the health authorities have quarantined you or recommended that you go into voluntary quarantine, your are not entitled to the wage supplement from ALS. But you are entitled to an allowance from the social services.

You can visit their website here.

 

There is no work for me at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak, should I send ALS a notification of unemployment?

No, you should not. If you cannot work due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you should not notify ALS. Your employer will notify ALS on your behalf.

I am self-employed. Am I entitled to the Corona wage supplement?

Yes, if you are self-employed and can't work due to the COVID-19 outbreak, then you are entitled to a supplement from ALS.

Read more about your rights here.

I am a fisherman, are fishermen eligible for the Corona wage supplement?

Fishermen working on ships that do not go out fishing due to the COVID-19 outbreak are entitled to the Corona wage supplement.

Regarding fishermen the ship owner has to apply on the behalf of the crew and confirm that the reason for the ship not fishing is the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is a requirement that the ship is not fishing due to the COVID19 outbreak, and it is a requirement that the owner has not dismissed the crew.

Fishermen on small decked fishing vessels who get the minimum wage are also entitled to the Corona wage supplement. The requirement is that the right to minimum wage is lost because the fisherman or the boat no longer meets the requirements for the minimum wage.

If a person operates his own small decked fishing vessel, then he has to apply as self-employed. See the information about the self-employed here.

How much wil I get paid through the Corona wage supplement system?

The wage supplement is a maximum of an average of 20.000 DKKR a month. The amount paid can change according to how many days there are in the month.

The wage supplement is paid in proportion to how many hours your work hours are reduced by.

Example:
If you have been working full time, and you have been sent home and don't work at all now, you will be paid the full amount from ALS which is an average of 20.000 DKKR a month.

If you have been working full time, and you have been sent home, but now work half time, then you will get half of your wages from your employer, and half of the wage supplement from ALS.

I.e. if you had an income of 30.000 DKKR a month, whilst working full time, you will get:

30.000 x 0,25 = 7.500 DKKR from the employer

20.000 x 0,75 = 15.000 DKKR as a wage supplement from ALS

In total 22.500 DKKR at month.

If you have been working half time time, and you have been sent home, but now work half the time you used to (i.e. 25% of full time), then you will get half your usual wages from your employer and 25% of the wage supplement from ALS

So if you had an income of 20.000 DKKR a month working half time then you will get:

20.000 x 0, 5 = 10.000 DKKR from the employer

20.000 x 0,25 = 5.000 DKKR as a wage supplement from ALS

In total 15.000 DKKR a month.

Musicians, artists etc.

Musicians, artists and others who engage in similar activities are included in the system as self-employed.

If a musician performs, produces etc. at his own expense, he is considered to be self-employed. The same goes for artists etc.

The self-employed are required to sign up for an insurance and at the same time to apply for support as self-employed. This is done by filling in a special application form for the self-employed.

Musicians, artists etc. who are employed by a private employer are considered to be regular employees, and then the employer has to fill in the same application form as other private employers.

These rules are also applicable to others who are self-employed.

Am I required to have paid in to the ALS system?

You are not required to have paid in to the ALS system to be eligible for the Corona wage supplement.

The self-employed are required to sign up for an insurance and at the same time to apply for support as self-employed.

Read more here.

How do I apply for the Corona wage supplement for my employees?

A special application form has to be filled in and sent to ALS. You will find the application form here.

I am a taxi driver. Am I entitled to the Corona wage supplement?

Taxi drivers, who are employed by a private employer, are considered to be regular employees, and then the employer has to fill in the same application form as other private employers.

If the taxi driver operates his own car, he is consideres to be self-employed. The self-employed are required to sign up for an insurance and at the same time to apply for support as self-employed. This is done by filling in a special application form for the self-employed.

These rules are also applicable for others who are self-employed.

Can I leave the country and still get the Corona wage supplement?

It is a condition for receiving the Corona wage supplement, that the employee has a Faroese address.

It is also a condition for receiving the Corona wage supplement, that you as an employee are ready to go work for your employer, when he asks you to come to work.

However if you and your employer come to an agreement, that you may leave the country, until you are asked to come back to work, then you are entitled to the Corona wage supplement, even though you are not in the Faroes. This is however only applicable while you are sent home by your employer.

I cannot go to work because I have no daycare for my children. The daycare is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Parents, who are unable to go to work, because the daycare is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, are entitled to the special Corona wage supplement.

In these cases the employer of the parent has to send ALS an application form stating, that the parent is sent home and cannot work due to consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.