Employees

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How can I collect any unpaid salary from my employer?

If your employer has stopped paying you due to bankruptcy or is otherwise insolvent, it is within your rights to apply for pay security. To qualify, all pay security applications need to be filed within three months of your overdue payment. It should be noted that it can take up to 8 months to process your application. For more information, click here.

Legal action may also be required. If you are unsure of what steps to take, it is advised to speak with a lawyer.


Source:   TE Palvelut
Category:   Salary
I’m about to start a new job. Any advice?

1. Within the first week of employment, sign an employment contract with your employer. If they don’t provide you one, you can bring your own contract by using a template. To see an example template, click here.

For more information, please click here.

2. Join a labor union that services your area of employment and/or an unemployment fund.

3. Update your tax information.


Source:   TE Palvelut
Category:   Employment
Tell me more about employment contracts.

Employment contracts are very important. The Employment Contracts Act aims to protect the rights of employers and employees. The contract ensures the employee will work for their employer until the end of their contract, unless otherwise specified, while making sure the employees get their due salary. Employee contracts are binding and often involve trial periods, enclose employee salary details, the date when the contract expires, and other additional agreements made by the employer. To learn more, click here.


Source:   The Employment Contracts Act
Category:   Contracts
Why should I join a labor union?

The primary purpose of a labor union is to protect and improve the benefits and rights of its members. Income development, employment security, and quality of work are just a few examples of how labor unions can help. Labor unions are based on occupation. There are three main tiers of labor unions: local trade union, national federations of member local unions, and confederations which are the peak organizations made up of affiliated federations. To learn more, click here.


Source:   Expat Finland
Category:   Labor Union
Why should I join an unemployment fund?

Unemployment funds are a nice security blanket in case you are laid off, or terminated, from your job. The unemployment fund will provide you with a earnings related daily allowance based on your previous employment salary, among other factors. In most cases to qualify for the unemployment fund, you must have been a member of the unemployment fund organization for at least 26 weeks before becoming unemployed. You will also need to be registered as an unemployed job seeker at the TE Office. To learn more, click here.


Source:   InfoFinland.fi
Category:   Unemployment Fund
Why should I update my tax information?

When you get a new job and your level of income changes, or if the estimated total income needs to be changed, you will need a new tax card. You should request a new tax card if you change jobs, become unemployed, etc.

When you submit a request for a new tax card, you can also report some deductible expenses that you must pay the given year, so that they can be taken into account and will lower your withholding rate. For more information, click here.

To start applying for your new tax card, click here.


Source:   Vero
Category:   Taxes
Ending an employment relationship

The employer can not cancel an employment contract without a good reason. These reasons may be due to the employee or “economic and production-related reasons and a restructuring of the employer's operations''. An employee who has neglected their duties in the employment relationship may not be dismissed before a warning has been issued and they have thus had a chance of rectifying the neglect. For more information, click here.


Source:   TE Palvelut
Category:   Employment
Can't I just quit my job?

We've all been there. We have that job we just don't want to stay at anymore. Quitting sounds like an easy escape, but it might not be as easy as you think. Review your employment contract and the Employment Contracts Act to see what your options are. Additionally, leaving, or "resigning", from your job may disqualify you from receiving government sponsored unemployment benefits or provide you with a reduced amount. To review the Employment Contracts Act, click here.

Please do your research and call TE Palvelut or Kela to see what they have to say regarding your options.


Source:   TE Palvelut
Category:   Employment
What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement is an agreement made by one or more employers, or an employers’ association with one or more employees’ unions, concerning conditions which must be complied with in contracts of employment or employment relationships. Collective agreements lay down the minimum terms of employment and "they oblige the parties to observe industrial peace".

The signed collective agreement, and the associated documents, must be submitted to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health within one month of its signing. To learn more, click here.


Source:   Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in Finland
Category:   Collective Agreement

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