The Finnish government has decided to make it easier for small businesses to lay off employees in an attempt to encourage recruitment.
The government announced in a press conference yesterday it will relax the criteria for laying off employees on personal grounds for businesses with a maximum of 20 employees in a bid to reduce the risks small businesses take when recruiting.
It said it will also promote the employment of young people by allowing employers to hire under 30-year-old job seekers who have been jobless for at least three months on fixed-term employment contracts without having to provide justification for the recruitment decision. Finland’s employment contracts act currently stipulates that employers must provide justification for hiring employees on fixed-term contracts.
The government also announced it will launch a review of the act on co-operation with undertakings to, for example, re-examine the grounds for collective lay-offs.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, assured in the press conference that the government has no intention whatsoever to make any surprise announcements after the review process.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi