What is Employment Insurance Certificate or 雇用保険被保険者証?
What is the Employment Insurance Certificate or 雇用保険被保険者証 (koyouhokenhihokenshashou)?
Employment Insurance Certificate is a certificate that an employee should possess if the employee has been applied for health insurance.
If an employee possesses one, this will serve as proof that the individual is insured for the employment insurance.
A lot of foreign workers are not aware of this certificate because technically, the company will be the ones to apply for it.
To avoid losing the certificate, most of the companies only hands out the certificate once the employee has resigned from the job.
One important thing to remember is that the Employment Insurance Certificate is one of the documents asked by the next employer in order to have your insurance continued. The most important part of the certificate is the numbers that are written on the paper. It is the number that you have been assigned to since you first started your work and will continue even if you change jobs.
Not every individual is entitled to have the insurance certificate. It is based on certain conditions.
There are 2 conditions to consider:
● The maximum hours of work per week shouldn’t be less that 20 hours per week.
-This would mean that part-time workers are not eligible.
● The company expects the employee to work around or more than 31 days.
-This would mean that the employee is working not for a temporary position. It is expected that the employee will be working on the company for more than a month or a year.
In other words, if the two conditions are met, an individual should have his/her own insurance certificate. Better to confirm it with the company before starting a new work.
Does the certificate have an expiration?「雇用保険被保険者証」(koyouhokenhihokenshashou)?
The numbers indicated on the insurance certificate is very important and needed every time the individual is changing his/her job.
However, if the individual has retired and hasn’t been working for 7 years, the records will be deleted from Hello Work. This would mean that the individual would have to apply for a new insurance card since his/her records have been deleted.
I lost my Employment Insurance Certificate「雇用保険被保険者証?! Can I re-apply?
There might be times when an individual hasn’t been going to work for a long time and he/she might have accidentally lost his/her Employment Insurance Certificate.
The certificate is a very small piece of paper and is easily lost. If the Employment Insurance Certificate has been lost, an individual may re-apply if he/she goes and consults this to Hello Work. The individual needs to present valid identification documents for personal verification as well as documents showing the previous or present company.
The re-apply process is very easy and it might be possible to claim the new one right on the next day. Remind you that most of the government offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays so keep that in mind. It is also recommended to consult Hello Work about the re-application to have your documents prepared in case they might ask for additional ones.
If too busy to go to Hello Work for re-application, it is also possible to re-apply via an electronic application or by post office mail. Aside from it, it is also possible to apply via the electronic government window (e-gov).
However, take note that an individual who wishes to re-apply via the electronic application must possess an IC card type electronic certificate that came from a certificate authority. A card reader is also needed, and it might take a little time to re-apply via this method. The IC card type electronic certificate is needed for secured authentication of the individual’s documents.
If an individual is not aware of his own Employment Insurance Certificate, it would be better to confirm it with his/her company.
Remember that Employment Insurance Certificate is an important document so be informed.
The Employment Insurance Certificate is a certificate that an employee should possess if the employee has been applied for health insurance. This is usually given after the individual leaves his/her job. And this document is needed to submit to the next employer for the continuation of your insurance.
Even if an individual gains possession of his/her insurance certificate, if the document is lost, the individual still needs to go to Hello Work to re-apply.
A lot of individuals tend to forget to claim the certificate once he/she leaves his/her job. One main reason is that most are not aware of the importance of it. It would be advisable to confirm one’s certificate to the employer for more detailed information.
And if problems arose, Hello Work is there to help you out with the issue.
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