An employer's certificate is an important document that you as an entrepreneur or employee should keep track of. We will go through what an employer's certificate is and how it differs from other important documents such as certificates of service and employment. An employer's certificate is required when a person applies for unemployment benefit or other unemployment benefits.
An employer's certificate is a form on which an employer certifies the employee's length of service, grade and position. An employer's certificate is also known colloquially as a certificate of employment or a salary certificate.
If you as an employer are going to write an employer's certificate, you need to make sure that some specific points are included on the form:
There is no time limit by law but it must be disclosed within a reasonable time after it is requested. As an employer, you should therefore issue the certificate as soon as possible.
Under Swedish law, as soon as an employee leaves a workplace, that person is entitled to receive an employer's certificate from his or her employer. The employer's certificate itself is used to assess the person's entitlement to compensation and to calculate the amount of potential compensation. The employer's certificate submitted to the A-kassan must be signed by the last employer.
A term that is easy to confuse with employer's certificate is service certificate. A certificate of service is a more comprehensive document than an employer's certificate and usually covers an entire period of employment, unlike an employer's certificate, which should cover the last 13 months.
The document should not only contain information on the start and end dates and the job title, but a certificate of service should also describe specific duties. It is unusual to include some form of rating or review of the employee's performance. Should this be requested, a certificate of service should be issued instead.
Another term that is often confused with employer's certificate is employment certificate or employment contract. There are clearly some similarities between the employer's certificate and the certificate of employment, but there are also differences. A certificate of employment or contract of employment is created when an employment relationship begins, whereas an employer's certificate is usually created when the employment relationship ends. A certificate of employment cannot be used to apply for unemployment benefit. A certificate of employment contains information on the terms and conditions of the employee's employment, such as benefits and holiday conditions.