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työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö

Labour legislation

laki280x145The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for drafting and evolving labour legislation. The relevant laws include the Employment Contracts Act, Working Hours Act, Annual Holidays Act, Non-discrimination Act, Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life, Collective Agreements Act, Act on Job Alternation Leave, Study Leave Act and Pay Security Act. The Ministry also drafts legislative documents on matters relating to personnel involvement systems, i.e. codetermination in companies, representation on the Board and staff funds.

Employment legislation is drafted on a tripartite basis, in collaboration with the organisations representing the interests of employers and employees. The working conditions of employees are determined on the basis, not only of legislation, but also the collective bargaining agreements that exist for the various sectors. It is the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) authorities, which work under the authority of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, which largely have responsibility for monitoring employment legislation.
The cooperation ombudsman has responsibility for monitoring matters relating to personnel involvement systems.

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is involved in the drafting of agreements connected with EU employment legislation and the ILO. The Ministry supports the drafting and monitoring of employment legislation and evaluates these on the basis of studies and research.


Finnish Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations, brochure, 2012

Acts of Parliament in English, labour legislation (

Employment Contracts Act

Act on the Continuation of the Employment Contracts and Civil Service Relationships of Persons Fulfilling their National Defence Liability (pdf) (64.7 KB)
Act on the Employment of Household Workers
Act on the Labour Council and Derogation Permits Concerning Labour Protection
Young Workers' Act
Posted Workers Act
Annual Holidays Act
Working Hours Act
Act on Job Alternation Leave
Study Leave Act
Non-Discrimination Act
Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life
Act on Checking the Criminal Backround of Persons working with Children
Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out

Seafarers' Employment Contracts Act

Seamen's Working Hours Act
Seamen's Annual Holidays Act
Act on Working Hours on Vessels in Domestic Traffic
Act on the Registering of Ship's Crew
Seamen's Service Act, updated 2012 (pdf) (196.9 KB)

Act on Cooperation Ombudsman
Act on Co-operation within Undertakings
Act on Financially-Supported Development on Professional Skills
Act on Compensations for Training
Act on Co-operation within Finnish and Community-wide Groups of Undertakings
Act on Personnel Representation in the Administration of Undertakings
Act on Employee Involvement in European Companies
Act on Personnel Funds

Collective Agreements Act
Act on Confirmation of the General Applicability of Collective Agreements
Act on Mediation in Labour Disputes
Act on the Labour Court

Page last updated: 15.04.2015