Factsheet for case FI-2020-14/265 – Updated – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Flexibilisation and security
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||03 April 2020 (updated 10 July 2020)|
Neither the Employment Agreement Act (2001/55) nor the Seafarers’ Employment Contracts Act (756/2011) define acceptable grounds for cancellation of an employment relationship during the trial period. However, legal praxis shows that financial and production-related reasons have not been accepted as a ground for termination of employment during trial period but acceptable reasons to terminate employment during trial period have been those connected to employees' person.
In order to facilitate rapid adaptation of businesses to the decreased demand for services and products, the right of the employer to terminate of employment during trial period has been now temporarily extended to cover financial and production-related reasons.
This measure applies to cases where an employer needs to cancel an employment contract during a trial period for financial and production-related reasons.
Not applicable to the following employers: the State, municipalities, KELA, Åland Government, Evangelical Lutheran Church or Orthodox Church. These employers can cancel an employment contract during a trial period only due to reason related to person.
This measure does not involve direct financial support for employers but it seeks to make adaptation to the new market situation faster by giving the right to cancel an employment contract of employees who are on their trial-period due to production-related reasons.
No information to date.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
In March 2020, the peak-level social partners (Confederation of Finnish Industries, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland, the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions and the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK) jointly proposed a set of actions for the Finnish Government. These proposed measures seek to amend labour law and facilitate adaptation of businesses to the new circumstances. Extending the right to terminate employment during trial period for financial and production-related reasons was part of the proposed measures.
In May 2020, the peak-level social partners proposed to the Government these measures to be extended until the end of 2020.
No information available.
Eurofound (2020), Termination of employment during trial period for financial and production-related reasons, case FI-2020-14/265 (measures in Finland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.