Change security for dismissed employees

The change security operating model will offer you support and assistance if you are dismissed or laid off. Hold on to your rights and duties, also in exceptional circumstances of an employment relationship.

Change security

  • gives employees additional security
  • lends support in jobseeking and helps the jobseeker to find a new job as soon as possible
  • provides additional opportunities of taking part in measures that support finding a new job
  • improve and maintain the jobseekers' professional skills.

In situations requiring change security, the TE services will offer

  • information events for the employees
  • jobseeking and job exchange services
  • labour market training
  • work trials
  • advice on enterprising and support for a new entrepreneur
  • other services that will improve your professional capabilities.

Employer:

  • Provides dismissed employees the opportunity to participate in coaching or training that promotes employment, paid by the employer, if the employer regularly employs at least 30 people and the employee has been employed by the employer consecutively for at least five years before the end of the employment relationship. The coaching or training can either be arranged during the period of notice or in the beginning of the unemployment.
  • Arranges occupational health care for dismissed employees for six months after the employee's work duties have ended, if the employer regularly employs at least 30 people and the employee has been employed by the employer consecutively for at least five years before the end of the employment relationship.

The regional mobility of jobseekers can also be supported, for example by reimbursing expenses arising from travel to look for a job.

If you have been dismissed

During the period of notice, you will be entitled to paid leave when you are looking for a job, or taking part in drawing up an employment plan or one of the measures included in the plan.

The duration of this leave will be 5–20 days, determined by the duration of your term of notice. It may not cause significant inconvenience to the company. You should notify your employer of your intention to take leave as soon as possible.

If you have been dismissed, you will be entitled to a personal employment plan to be drawn up together with the TE Office.

The employment plan will contain details of

  • your independent job search and measures to support it
  • measures that will optimally promote your chances of finding a permanent new job as soon as possible.

If you have been dismissed or laid off, you can get basic unemployment allowance at a higher rate for the time you participate in services facilitating your placement in a job, supposing there has been an agreement about the service in your personal employment plan.

The employer's obligations

When at least ten employees are dismissed at a time, the employer will prepare an action plan together with the staff. If the number of dismissed employees is less than ten, the employer will explain to them how the support services will work during the period of notice.

If the employee hires new staff within four months of terminations, they have the duty to first offer the position to the dismissed employees. If the employment relationship has lasted for 12 years, the rehiring period is six months.

Ask for advice from TE Services

We will provide help for employers and employees concerning change security.

  • The telephone service for personal customers gives advice on matters related to change security.
  • There are designated change security experts at TE Offices who are responsible for TE Services in change security situations.