Changes in life

Many changes in life affect membership, payment of the membership fee, and even the amount of the membership fee. Please make sure your information is up to date. If there have been changes, notify JHL’s member services.

In addition to notifying of the life changes below, you can order a new membership card, collection agreement or membership fee payment references either conveniently in the myJHL service or  with JHL’s contact form.

General conscription

During your armed military service or civil service, you do not have to pay the trade union membership fee. Let us know of the exemption from the membership fee in myJHL or by contacting our member services.

Pension

If you are going on pension, notify the trade union’s member services, because JHL will not get the information from anywhere else. At the same time, let us know whether or not you wish to remain a member of both the trade union and unemployment fund. If you have been granted a full pension, you are not entitled to unemployment fund services any more. In this case, we recommend that you resign from the unemployment fund.

For retired members, the membership fee is EUR 8 for a full calendar month, which amounts to EUR 96 a year. The membership fee is paid 4 times a year, one instalment is EUR 24. To pay the membership fee, order payment references from our member services. By paying the membership fee for retired members, you will be entitled to all trade union membership benefits, even after you go on pension.

Change in name or contact information

When it comes to members who have not prohibited the disclosure of their name and address information, Posti (Finnish Post) will forward their changed details automatically to JHL. Contact information is updated automatically only for mainland Finland. If you have prohibited the disclosure of your address information, notify JHL’s member services of your new address.

Update your contact information in myJHL or by contacting our member services.

If your name changes, JHL will not send you a new membership card.

Carers

As a carer you pay the minimum membership fee, which is EUR 8 per month. It is paid every quarter of a year (EUR 24). To pay the minimum membership fee, order payment references from the member services.

If you work in addition to being a carer, the membership fee will be based only on your taxable earned income.

Studying

As a full-time student you do not have to pay the trade union membership fee if you have no taxable earned income or the right to benefits paid by the unemployment fund. Let us know of this in myJHL or by contacting our member services.

If you work during your studies, you have to pay a membership fee to the trade union and unemployment fund from your salary.  The membership fee is 1.38% on all taxable earned income before taxes.

You can authorise your employer to collect the membership fee from your salary or you can pay your membership fee yourself. If necessary, order payment references from our member services to pay your membership fee. Alternatively, you can order a collection agreement. It authorises your employer to collect the membership fee directly from your salary.

According to JHL’s interpretation, a full-time student:

  • receives full adult education allowance from Employment Fund or
  • is primarily in school during the day
  • is entitled to a study grant
  • is not an apprenticeship or multiform-learning student
  • does not have a regular day job.

Student membership

If you have joined JHL as a student member, you are exempted from paying the trade union membership fee during the time of your studies that you indicated to us. Your trade union membership will continue automatically after the graduation date that you indicated. If you work during your studies, you should also join the unemployment fund.

As an unemployment fund member, you have the opportunity to build up the work requirement. If you wish to join the unemployment fund during your studies, contact our member services.

To report changes in your student membership, use the contact form.

 

Part-time pension – Partial early old-age pension

You do not have to pay the membership fee for your part-time pension. You will only pay the membership fee for taxable earned income from a part-time job. If you are on part-time pension without being a wage earner, contact our member services.

No part-time pensions have been granted since 1 January 2017. For part-time pensions, the last possible start date was 1 January 2017. After that, no new part-time pensions have been granted. Part-time pensions that have been granted earlier, and that have started at the latest on 1 January 2017, will continue as normal.

After the pension reform entered into force in 2017, partial early old-age pension replaced part-time pension.

Unpaid leave

Check whether you should pay the minimum membership fee, or whether you have the right to be exempted from paying the membership fee.  If you work for another employer during your leave, you have to pay the wage-earner membership fee.

Family leave

During unpaid family leave, you are exempted from paying the membership fee.

Let us know of the exemption from the membership fee in myJHL or by contacting our member services.

When you return to work, make sure to start paying your membership fee.

Basic unemployment allowance paid by KELA

You do not have to pay the membership fee, if you are registered as a job seeker with the TE Office, you receive labour market subsidy or basic unemployment  allowance, and you have no taxable earned income.

Let us know of the exemption from the membership fee in myJHL, or by contacting our member services. Notify of the membership fee exemption retroactively, in three-month periods. For example: If your unemployment starts on 1 January and continues until the end of March – notify JHL right at the beginning of April of your exemption from the membership fee in January-March.

Please remember to pay the the membership fee, if you have taxable earned income that is irregular or from a part-time job.

Sick leave

During unpaid sick leave, you do not have to pay the membership fee. Let us know of the exemption from the membership fee in myJHL, or by contacting our member services.

Starting a new job

When you start a new job, make sure your membership fees stay up to date. To pay the membership fee, either authorise your employer to collect it directly from your salary, or pay it yourself.

If you start a new job, notify our member services. At the same time, you can order a pre-filled membership fee collection agreement. You can also print out the collection agreement.

 Form for becoming a member and collection of the membership fee (pdf, 54 kt, in Finnish)

At the same time, you can switch to another local branch if necessary, because local interests are promoted in local branches. Your local branch is determined according to your employer, the collective agreement of your work place, and the city or town where you live.

If you pay your membership fee yourself, you can update your employment information either in myJHL or while ordering payment references from our member services.

Unemployment or layoff

Register as an unemployed job seeker with your local TE Office, at the latest on the first day of your unemployment or layoff.

Fill in your daily allowance application, sign it, and send the application and its attachments to The Public and Welfare Sectors’ Unemployment Fund. The easiest way to do it is in the unemployment fund’s online service eWertti. Read the instructions for filling in the application.

The unemployment fund’s website also has instructions on what to do if you are unemployed and fall ill, and how that affects filling in the application.

The unemployment fund will collect the membership fee automatically from the daily allowance paid by it.

Please remember to pay the the membership fee, if you have taxable earned income that is irregular or from a part-time job.

Going abroad

If you go abroad without having been admitted to a school or without having a job, you will pay the minimum membership fee. The minimum membership fee is EUR 8 per month.

Before you leave, check with the unemployment fund to see if your employment security will be in force.

Please notify our member services if you are going to be living abroad.

Job alteration leave

The Public and Welfare Sectors’ Unemployment Fund will collect the membership fee automatically from the job alteration compensation paid by it. If KELA pays your job alteration compensation, you have to pay the minimum membership fee. To pay the minimum membership fee, order payment references from our member services.

For more information about job alteration compensation (in Finnish), go to the unemployment fund’s website.

Switching to another local branch

As a JHL member, you can switch to another local branch by using the electronic form. If you wish, you can also print out the form. Fill it in and send it either to your desired local branch, or to JHL’s member services.

Form for becoming a member and collection of the membership fee (pdf, 54 kt, in Finnish)

If you are not yet a member, join JHL by filling in the electronic membership form.

For the local promotion of interests, it is important that you belong to the right local branch. You can switch local branches, if your employer operates within the jurisdiction of the local branch you are switching to. If you are unemployed, you can switch to another local branch if you move to another locality and register as a job seeker in that locality with the TE Office.

Also make sure to pay your membership fees.

Becoming an entrepreneur

If you start a business, notify the member services. Independent entrepreneurs working in the sectors of the trade union can be JHL members. They are full-time or part-time entrepreneurs who work without employees. For entrepreneurs, the membership fee is EUR 20 per month.

To see if your unemployment security is in force, check with the unemployment fund.
Entrepreneurs can only be members of a trade union unemployment fund for a certain period of post-cover.

The unemployment fund for entrepreneurs is called Yrittäjän Työttömyyskassa, previously SYT.

Resigning from the trade union and unemployment fund

You have to resign in writing. If you wish to resign, notify our member services. At the same time, tell us whether or not you wish to resign from both the trade union and unemployment fund. The resignation date is the date notified by the member in advance, or the sending date of the electronic notification. It is not possible to resign retroactively.

If you continue with the same employer after your resignation, send the cancellation form for membership fee collection (in Finnish) to your employer’s payroll administration.

Switching to another trade union

When switching your trade union, check with your new trade union whether or not you can authorise it to file a resignation notification on your behalf, or whether you have to do it yourself. It is the member’s responsibility to make sure everything is okay with their membership until the resignation date.