null Changes to the Seasonal Workers Act makes hiring easier

It will become easier for seasonal workers arriving in Finland from third countries to change employers as the amendments to the Seasonal Workers Act enter into force. 

The administrative burden of employers will be reduced, because they will no longer be required to notify authorities separately of each seasonal worker arriving in Finland at the same time for the same kind of work. Instead, the employer can notify authorities of all seasonal workers at one time.

The amendments relate to seasonal work carried out in an employment relationship within agriculture or tourism.

On 8 April 2021, the Government proposed that the President of the Republic approve the amendments, and he is to approve them on Friday 9 April 2021. The legislative amendments will enter into force on 17 June 2021.

"The amendments to the Seasonal Workers Act strengthen the position of seasonal workers by making it possible for them to change jobs. At the same time, employers will benefit as they will be able to hire familiar employees more easily and their reporting burden will be reduced,” says Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen.  

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