Labour and employment—Finland—Q&A guide

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  • Labour and employment—Finland—Q&A guide
  • 1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?
  • 2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?
  • 3. What are the primary government agencies or other entities responsible for the enforcement of employment statutes and regulations?
  • 4. Is there any legislation mandating or allowing the establishment of employees’ representatives in the workplace?
  • 5. What are their powers?
  • 6. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against background checks on applicants? Does it make a difference if an employer conducts its own checks or hires a third party?
  • 7. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against requiring a medical examination as a condition of employment?
  • 8. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against drug and alcohol testing of applicants?
  • 9. Are there any legal requirements to give preference in hiring to, or not to discriminate against, particular people or groups of people?
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Labour and employment—Finland—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to labour and employment in Finland published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: March 2020).

Authors: Kalliolaw Asianajotoimisto Oy—Pekka Kiviniemi; Tuuli Willgren

1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?

The main statutes are the:

  1. Employment Contracts Act (55/2001);

  2. Working Hours Act (605/1996);

  3. Collective Agreements Act (436/1946);

  4. Act on Co-operation within Undertakings (334/2007);

  5. Occupational Safety and Health Act (738/2002);

  6. Occupational Health Care Act (1383/2001);

  7. Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life (759/2004);

  8. Annual Holidays Act (162/2005);

  9. Workers’ Compensation Act (459/2015);

  10. Trade Secrets Act (595/2018);

  11. Security Clearance Act (726/2014);

  12. Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014);

  13. Act on Posting Workers (447/2016);

  14. Aliens Act (301/2014); and

  15. Young Workers’ Act (998/1993).

2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?

According to the Constitution of Finland, no one shall, without an acceptable reason, be treated differently from other persons on the grounds of sex, age, origin, language, religion, conviction, opinion, health, disability or for any other reason that concerns his or her person.

According to the Employment Contracts Act, an employer must treat all employees equally, unless deviating from this is justified in view of the duties and position of the employees. Without proper and justified reason, less favourable employment terms

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