On this page, you will find useful information about employment relationships and the rules of working life. Use the links below to go directly to the subject that is of interest to you.
Employment contract and employment relationship
Work at sea
Working time and annual holiday
Protection of privacy in working life
Non-discrimination and equality in working life
Employment security during military or non-military service
Cooperation in enterprises
Collective agreements and arbitration of industrial disputes
The Employment Contracts Act applies to all work carried out in an employment relationship.
The Employment Contracts Act regulates
The Employment Contracts Act and other labour legislation, including the Working Hours Act and the Annual Holidays Act, are applied when the following criteria for an employment relationship are fulfilled simultaneously
If you are aged less than 18, you are not allowed to do quite the same work on the same terms as adults.
The Young Workers' Act protects you from strain caused by overwork. The work must not
Young workers (tem.fi)
A posted employee is an employee that an employer operating in another state has sent from abroad to work in Finland for a limited period.
In case of an employee posted in Finland
Posted workers (tem.fi)
The terms of seafarers' employment relationship are different from those applicable to other employees. They are laid down in the Seafarers' Employment Contracts Act. The Act applies to work that an employee carries out under a contract on a Finnish vessel or, by order of the employer, temporarily elsewhere.
Working at sea (tem.fi)
The Working Hours Act contains provisions on working hours, including
The Annual Holidays Act contains provisions on annual holiday rights, including
The Annual Holidays Act applies with certain restrictions to work in an employment or a civil service relationship.
Distance work means that the work is partly or fully carried out at home or at some other location chosen by the employee.
Distance work offers opportunities for
Remote work (tem.fi)
The Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life regulates the protection of your privacy at work.
The employer typically collects the employees' personal data for their own needs. However, under the protection of privacy provisions, candidates for a vacancy, employees and civil servants have as extensive rights as possible to
Protection of privacy at work (tem.fi)
The Non-Discrimination Act fosters and safeguards equality in various areas of society.
The Non-Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of
The Act on Equality between Women and Men contains provisions on gender equality.
Discrimination at work is punishable in an employment relationship and when the employer is advertising a vacancy and selecting employees.
The Employment Contracts Act requires employers to treat their employees equally. Equal treatment must be taken into consideration in an employment relationship and when the employer
The objective of cooperation activities is to collectively develop
Before making decisions on issues that affect the employees' position, the employer must negotiate with the employees or their representatives.
Cooperation in enterprises is regulated under the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings.
Co-operation procedure (tem.fi)
A collective agreement is an agreement between employer and employee organisations on the terms to be complied with in employment contracts or employment relationships.
A system of arbitration in industrial disputes is in place to deal with conflicts of interest at work and to enable the resolution of disputes between the labour market parties through negotiation. In cases of arbitration in industrial disputes the negotiating partners are assisted by a national conciliator and other conciliators.
The arbitration procedure is laid down in the Act on Mediation in Labour Disputes.
Collective bargaining agreements and arbitration in industrial disputes (tem.fi)
Collective bargaining agreements in Finnish (finlex.fi)