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What are the dates of payment of my full unemployment benefit?

The payment date depends on the processing of your claim and the transfer time of your bank institution.

From April 2023, the unemployment benefit for a given month (M) will be transferred on the fifth working day of the following month (M+1). There are a total of three payment dates per month: 

1. on the fifth working day of M+1 (new).

2. on the tenth working day of M+1

3. on the third last working day of M+1. 

The second and third payment dates are for unemployment benefit recipients whose claims were approved for the first time in the current month (M).  

Below you will find the dates on which the ADEM will pay the unemployment benefit. Depending on your bank institution, it may take one to two days for the money to arrive in your account.

November 2023: 8th, 15th and 28th

December 2023: 7th, 14th and 27th

January 2024: 8th, 15th and 29th

February 2024: 7th, 14th and 27th

March 2024: 7th, 14th and 27th

April 2024: 8th, 15th and 26th

May 2024:  8th, 16th and 29th

June 2024: 7th, 14th and 26th

July 2024: 5th, 12th and 29th

I occasionally engage in paid employment, what are my obligations?

You are required to declare all income from a regular or casual paid work activity. Such income may, under certain conditions, be compatible with the unemployment benefit.

I was dismissed for serious misconduct, am I entitled to compensation?

In principle not but you can apply for payment of unemployment benefit as part of a lawsuit for unfair dismissal.


I have to go abroad for a few weeks, what should I do?

Notify your counselor of reference about any change regarding your situation (like staying abroad, training, partial employment...) during your period of unemployment.

Attention: your allowances will be suspended during this period and you will no longer benefit from health insurance. Before you leave, do not forget to opt for a private insurance in case you are not covered otherwise!

  The maximum duration allowed is 25 days per year. Following, your absence, you must report on the 1st working day to your referring consultant following the end of the period of unavailability.

Is the 13th month included in the allowances?

No, the 13th month is not included in the unemployment benefit.

I am a cross-border commuter and unemployed. Am I entitled to health insurance?

You receive benefits in kind and in cash according to the legislation of your country of residence. Check with the authority in charge by your country.

Am I entitled to benefits if I am ill during my notice period?

Because you will continue to receive sickness allowance, you will not be entitled to unemployment benefits.

On the other hand, if you get sick, during your unemployment, you will continue to receive your benefits if not taken care of by another social security authority.

I am a resident. Is my leasing car taken into account when calculating my allowance?

Yes indeed, if: 

  • this car is put at your disposal for professional and private purposes,
  • this car is part of your employment contract;
  • your social contributions, which are paid to the Joint Social Security Center (Centre commun de la Sécurité sociale - CCSS) on the amount representing the provision of this car.
Can I dispute the refusal / withdrawal of my allowance?

You may apply by registered letter to the Special Reconsideration Commission (Commission spéciale de réexamen - CSR) for reconsideration within 40 days as of the notification of the decision by the Director of ADEM.

If you disagree with the decision by the CSR, you can complain by a simple written request to be filed out in duplicate at the head office of the Council of Social Security (CASS) within 40 days following the notification of the contested decision.

If the decision of the CASS is challenged, the appeal may be lodged by application in duplicate to the Higher Social Security Council (Conseil supérieur de la Sécurité sociale - CSSS) within 40 days following the date of notification of the decision by the CASS. The decision of the CSSS may be challenged by appeal before the Court of Cassation.

The application with the CASS and / or the CSSS must summarily state the arguments on which the appeal is based.

Please find the schematic presentation of this procedure in PDF format

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