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Re: Redundancy package and RAV Benefits

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But this assumes that entitlement to RAV is means tested, and not based solely on being unemployed (after 2yrs employment bla bla). The end of his employment will be 31st March, not an extended date based on the additional salary. Obviously we are checking with the RAV but I do know other people who have received a "severence package" albeit of a lesser value but weren't effected and registered and claimed the RAV benefit without issue. Thanks for the info tho!
There is no such thing as a severence package.... you might get bonus paid or gratification, been offered an outplacement course, but all in all, what the RAV checks is your regular income. When applying for the RAV and sending the papers to the Kasse that will pay your benefits, you will be asked to send in a summary of the earnings of last year. They will exclude any bonus or "extra money (either gratification or compensation) and calculate your allowance from there (eg if you husband made 80 in regular salary and 120 in bonus and compensations, they will take the 80 as income). In order to be eligible to receive this money you will have to show that you have been looking for a job (keep all letters you have sent, and registers of any effort you might have done in this sense). Legally, you will have 7 days to present yourself at the RAV office, but I would strongly recommend you to go there are soon as the termination of the contract is made effective. This way you can make sure you are doing all the "efforts" they consider sufficient. In dubious cases, there is a "centralized" authority that decides how to proceed.

Hope this have helped and best of luck,

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