A GLIMPSE OF TEAMWORK BEHIND THE OLYMPIC MEDAL Six and a half years have passed since our team of three women stepped on the podium in the London Olympics. Now, nearly three years into full-time work life, it seems like a good time to reflect on the lessons learned during the intensive years of Olympic […]

Employment Legislation Changes to Look Out for in 2019
December 20, 2018

Please read the translation in Finnish at the end of the article. The needs of the changing and ageing society, as well as the possibilities and challenges related to the new ways of working have during the past year led to lively discussions regarding the need for amendments to labour law. Such needs and the […]

The Finnish Parliament has approved legislative amendments to the current legislation concerning variable working time arrangements, which amendments entered into force on 1 June 2018. These amendments concern, in particular, so-called zero-hour contracts as well as other contracts under which working hours vary from week to week or month to month. Thus, the amendments will […]

It has been widely acknowledged that workplaces need to cultivate working environments where individuals feel confident in raising concerns about potential wrongdoings, such as misconduct and illegal actions. Thus, it is important to foster a culture that allows employees to raise issues without having to fear that whistleblowing will affect their employment. To achieve this, […]

In the Finnish jurisdiction, the terms of employment have been determined in various ways, including collective bargaining agreements (“CBA”). Collective agreements may, in addition to sector specific provisions, also include references to law. References made to legislation in the currently effective CBAs have, however, created obscurity in practice. The Labour Court of Finland, whose competence […]

According to the Employment Contracts Act (55/2001, as amended, the “ECA”), an employer is obligated to offer other work or training to an employee before terminating an indefinitely valid employment contract. By its decision on 11 August 2017, the Finnish Supreme Court extended this obligation to also apply in case of consecutive fixed-term employment contracts. […]

Labour mobility on a global scale opens new possibilities for both employers and employees, but might also have unexpected consequences. During the recent years, the mobility of employees has increased due to globalisation, development of technology as well as companies’ efforts to recruit the best employees. We discussed the subject through case examples at our […]

From May 2017 onward, employers may apply for a new family leave allowance of EUR 2 500 from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (‘Kela’). The aim of the new allowance is to compensate the employer for the costs of parenthood for a female worker, and to support Finland’s competitiveness in female-dominated business sectors by promoting […]

Nedräkningen till julafton har officiellt börjat och vad passar väl bättre när det är kallt och mörkt utomhus än att sitta inne i värmen och spela spel, leka lekar och pyssla med nära och kära? För att förena nytta med nöje har vi tagit fram arbetsrättsliga varianter av våra mest älskade sällskapsnöjen i form av […]