Changes in labour legislation during the coronavirus crisis
Several temporary changes have been made to labour law during the coronavirus crisis. The legislative amendments that entered into force in the spring of 2020 have been extended until the end of the year.
The amendments to the Employment Contracts Act and the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings are compiled below.
- The minimum negotiation period under the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings is five days for layoffs (normally 14 days/ six weeks)
- Fixed-term workers can also be laid off. However, the employer is allowed to lay off an employee who is employed by the state, a municipality or a joint municipal authority only if he or she works as a substitute for a permanent employee and the employer was entitled to lay off that employee if he or she were to be at work.
- The notice period for layoffs is five days (normally 14 days)
- Termination of employment during a probationary period is also possible on economic and production-related grounds (not applicable to employees of the state, municipalities or joint municipal authorities)
- The obligation to take a laid-off employee back to work has been extended to nine months (the length of the corresponding period in the case of persons employed by the state, a municipality or a joint municipal authority is four or six months)
There may be temporary changes to the collective agreement in the employee’s own field. Read more about YTN and JUKO (in Finnish).
Further information, frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus and work (in Finnish).
Some of the changes to unemployment benefits are also valid until the end of the year. Read more (in Finnish).