How to calculate the reserved UI contribution time to get financial support according to Resolution 16 in Vietnam

In order to provide additional guidance on the implementation of policies to support employees and employers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic using the unemployment insurance fund according to Resolution 116/NQ-CP, Vietnam Social Security issued Dispatch 3818/BHXH-CSXH dated November 25, 2021, on guidelines for adjustment to the reserved UI contribution time due to confirmation of additional UI contribution time and combination of social insurance books

How to calculate the reserved UI contribution time to get financial support according to Resolution 16 in Vietnam 

* For employees who received unemployment benefits:

- An employee has claimed an unemployment benefit with an UI contribution time of 36 months and more. His/her additional UI contribution time confirmed by the SSA shall be accumulated as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount if he/she meets full conditions as prescribed.

Example 1: Mr. Nguyen Van P’s UI contribution time is 42 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months. In addition, the remaining UI contribution time of 6 months has been reserved. After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. P has additional UI contribution time of 8 months, thus, Mr’s UI contribution time as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 14 months.

- An employee has claimed an unemployment benefit with an UI contribution time of less than 36 months. The additional UI contribution time confirmed by the SSA shall be accumulated as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount if he/she meets full conditions as prescribed.

Number of UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount = (number of UI contribution months for which the unemployment benefit has been claimed + number of additional UI contribution months confirmed) - (number of UI contribution months for which the unemployment benefit has been paid + number of UI contribution months corresponding to number of months for which the unemployment benefit has been suspended). In which, 1 month for which the unemployment benefit has been paid or 1 month for which the unemployment benefit has been suspended corresponds to 12 months of UI contribution.

In case the UI contribution time is not reserved due to a breach of requirement pertaining to job seeking declaration as prescribed in Decree No. 61/2020/ND-CP , the time for which a provisional financial aid amount is calculated = (number of UI contribution months for which the unemployment benefit has been claimed + number of additional UI contribution months confirmed) - 36 months.

Example 2: Mr. Nguyen Van Q’s UI contribution time is 13 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months and he has received full 3 months of unemployment benefit.  After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. Q has additional UI contribution time of 7 months. Thus, Mr. Nguyen Van Q’s accumulated UI contribution time is 20 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months equivalent to 36 UI contribution months. Therefore, Mr. Q's UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 0 month.

Example 3: Mr. Nguyen Van R’s UI contribution time is 25 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months and he has received full 3 months of unemployment benefit.  After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. R has additional UI contribution time of 15 months. Thus, Mr. Nguyen Van Q’s accumulated UI contribution time is 40 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months equivalent to 36 UI contribution months. Therefore, Mr. Q's UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 4 months.

Example 4: Mr. Nguyen Van S’s UI contribution time is 16 months, so he is eligible for 3 months of unemployment benefit. He received 1 month of unemployment benefit before having a new job. Hence, his unemployment benefit ends and 4 remaining UI contribution months are reserved. After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. R has additional UI contribution time of 12 months. Thus, Mr. S's UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 16 months.

Example 5: Mr. Nguyen Van T’s UI contribution time is 16 months, so he is eligible for 3 months of unemployment benefit.  He received 2 months of unemployment benefit before having a new job. Hence, his unemployment benefit ends and no remaining UI contribution month is reserved. After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. T has additional UI contribution time of 12 months. Thus, Mr. T’s accumulated UI contribution time is 28 months. He has claimed an unemployment benefit for 2 months equivalent to 24 UI contribution months. Therefore, Mr. T's UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 4 months.

Example 6: Ms. Bui Thi V’s UI contribution time is 29 months, so she is eligible for 3 months of unemployment benefit.  Ms. V has received the unemployment benefit in the first and third month; her unemployment benefit in the second month has been suspended since she breached the requirement pertaining to job seeking declaration as prescribed. After the unemployment benefit ends, the SSA confirms that Mr. V has additional UI contribution time of 8 months. Thus, Ms. V’s accumulated UI contribution time is 37 months. She has claimed an unemployment benefit for 3 months (including paid and suspended unemployment benefit) equivalent to 36 UI contribution months. Therefore, Ms. V's UI contribution months as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount is 1 month.

* For employees who has been receiving unemployment benefits

On September 30, 2021, if an employment has additional UI contribution time confirmed by the SSA while he/she has been receiving unemployment benefit, his/her UI contribution time as the basis for calculation of financial aid amount shall be adjusted before receipt such a financial aid from UI fund under Resolution No. 116/NQ-CP.

Official Dispatch 3818/BHXH-CSXH was issued on November 25, 2021.

Bao Ngoc

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