Partial disability pension and partial rehabilitation allowance

You may be granted a partial disability pension if you have not reached the retirement age and your ability to work has been diminishing for at least one year because of an illness, an injury or a disability.

A partial disability pension may be granted either for a fixed term or until further notice. If a partial disability pension is granted for a fixed term, it is referred to as partial rehabilitation allowance. Partial rehabilitation allowance is granted if it is estimated that your ability to work can be restored through treatment or rehabilitation. Partial rehabilitation allowance can also be granted in order to support your return to work after rehabilitation, for example.

Partial rehabilitation allowance allows you to extend your work career despite having a diminishing capacity to work, and any work carried out while on the pension also accrues new pension funds. Employment is not, however, a requirement for receiving a partial disability pension or partial rehabilitation allowance.

If you are on a partial disability pension, you can earn a maximum of 60% of what you earned before the onset of the disability. The pension decision will notify you of your personal earnings threshold, which is at least EUR 784.52 per month in 2019.

Amount of partial disability pension

The amount of a partial disability pension is half of the full disability pension.

You can use the calculators in the My Pension online service to estimate how much partial disability pension you could be paid.

Your disability pension consists of the pension you have earned before your retirement on a disability pension and a projected pension component. The projected pension component refers to the time from the start of the disability to the earliest retirement age for your birth year for the old-age pension, the occupational retirement age, which may be lower, or the compulsory retirement age. The projected pension component is added to the amount of pension accrued.

 

How to apply for a partial disability pension

You should apply for a preliminary decision on your right to a partial disability pension or partial rehabilitation allowance three months before starting a planned part-time job.

You can apply for a partial disability pension during full-time employment, i.e. you do not need to have been on sick leave in order to be granted the pension.

Kela’s partial sickness allowance can be used to help persons who are unfit for work to remain in work and to return to full-time work, and it is payable for a maximum of 120 working days. For more information about partial sickness allowance, visit Kela’s website 

1. Obtain a Medical Statement B from your doctor

You should only submit your application once you have an up-to-date statement B, because your application can not be processed without the medical statement.

2. Apply for a preliminary decision on your right to a partial disability pension

The easiest way to apply for the pension is by using the disability pension application on the My Pension online service. The service will guide you step by step.

You should apply for a preliminary decision on your right to a partial disability pension at least three months before starting a planned part-time job.

Attachments required for the application:

  • Attach an up-to-date Medical Statement B to your application as your application cannot be processed without it.
  • You can also include other medical statements regarding your health in the application.
  • A statement from your employer on how you are coping with your work as well as memos from occupational health appointments, if available, should also be enclosed with the application.

You can also apply for the pension in writing; please find the necessary forms below. Post the application and the above-mentioned attachments to Keva, 00087 KEVA.

See also the general guidelines for pension applications and what you need to do after you receive your pension decision

4. You will first receive a preliminary decision

You will always receive a preliminary decision on the partial disability pension granted to you. It is valid for nine months. During this period, discuss your work arrangements and part-time work with your employer.

If you receive a preliminary decision on partial rehabilitation allowance, the decision will determine the time by which you should start on partial rehabilitation allowance.

5. Then apply for a payment decision for your partial disability pension

Once you have received a preliminary decision and decided to retire on a partial disability pension, please report this approximately one month before you start part-time work.

The easiest way to report the start of a partial disability pension is by using the My Pension online service. 

You can also fill in the report form that is attached to the preliminary decision and send it to Keva, 00087 KEVA.

You can earn a maximum of 60% of your pre-pension earnings level. The earnings threshold is personal and will be determined in the preliminary decision.

6. Apply for a new tax card

You should request a pension tax card from the tax office as soon as you have received your pension decision from Keva. Without the pension tax card, a withholding rate of 40% will apply.

Learn more about the taxation of pensions 

Disability pension claim process at Keva

How are disabilities assessed?

Keva will assess your ability to work using a medical statement supplied by your doctor and other medical reports.

Factors taken into account in the assessment include:

  • the demands of your job duties
  • your work performance, and
  • your chances of recovering work ability through treatment and rehabilitation.

The consideration of the application for a partial disability pension also involves a determination of your potential for vocational rehabilitation, which always takes primacy over partial disability pension.

The decision on granting a partial disability pension is taken by the decision specialist together with an advisory physician. If necessary, other Keva experts, such as a rehabilitation specialist or a lawyer, will also participate in the decision-making process. Our assessment of your work ability may differ from the assessment of your doctor.

Application processing times

Average processing times 1 January to 30 September 2019  Days
The first application: full disability pension or cash rehabilitation benefit 73
The first application: partial disability pension or partial rehabilitation allowance  52
Application for extension: all  27

 

The processing times above are average times, and your application process may take longer for the following reasons:

  • If Keva applies the definition of vocational disability and the amount of pension accrued from the private sector is more than EUR 957.04 per month (at the 2004 level), Keva will also request an assessment of the applicant’s disability from the private pension provider.
  • If Keva asks for further clarification such as medical reports or a statement from the employer for the decision-making process.

What to do if a partial disability pension is not granted

A partial disability pension cannot be granted if it is found that your work ability remains at a sufficient level.

If you are still employed, you can contact your company’s occupational health care services or ask your supervisor about possible arrangements at work.

Appeal against a pension decision

If you are not happy with a decision issued by Keva, you can lodge an appeal against it. The instructions for appeal enclosed with the decision will inform you on how to proceed.

More information on the appeal process

Apply for an extension to your partial rehabilitation allowance or for a disability pension or for a cash rehabilitation benefit

The only application required to extend partial rehabilitation allowance is a Medical Statement B, which should be submitted to Keva no later than a month before the expiration of the benefit. You can submit the medical statement through the My Pension service.

You must submit the application form if you wish to apply for full cash rehabilitation benefit or a disability pension. The easiest way to apply for a pension is through the My Pension service.

You can also send the Medical Statement B or the application with attachments to: 00087 KEVA.

From partial disability pension to old-age pension 

When you become eligible for an old-age pension, your partial disability pension will automatically be converted into an old-age pension.

If you have worked while drawing a partial disability pension, you have earned new pension funds for that work. You are entitled to this pension, at the earliest, when your partial disability pension becomes an old-age pension, and you must have stopped working. You must apply for this pension separately with an old-age pension application.

The easiest way to apply for the pension is by using the old-age pension application on the My Pension online service. The service will guide you step by step. You can also submit your old-age pension application and its attachments to: 00087 KEVA. 

Working while on partial disability pension

You can work while you are on partial rehabilitation allowance or a partial disability pension as long as your earnings remain within the limits set for you. The pension decision informs you of your personal earnings threshold.

If your earnings exceed the income limit, your pension may be left dormant. Pension may be left dormant for a period of not less than three months and not more than two years. The easiest way to submit a notice of dormancy is through the My Pension online service. 

Back to work through vocational rehabilitation 

Vocational rehabilitation can help you keep working despite health-related limitations. Even if your health prevents you from continuing in your current job, there may be other jobs for which your work ability is more than sufficient.

Vocational rehabilitation can help you:

  • to discover jobs that are better suited to your health, or
  • to facilitate your return to your own job after a long period of sick leave.

Learn more about vocational rehabilitation