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The Finnish government is moving forward with its plan to make it easier for businesses with fewer than 20 staff to lay off employees due to, for example, misconduct or negligence of duty.
The Finnish government is moving forward with its plan to make it easier for businesses with fewer than 20 staff to lay off employees due to, for example, misconduct or negligence of duty.

 

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy said yesterday it has finalised its draft bill aimed at encouraging small businesses to hire new employees.

“The reason is simple: the majority of jobs today are created in small businesses. And the smaller the business, the higher the risk associated with hiring even a single employee,” explains Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment.

The draft bill was submitted for comments on Thursday. The Finnish government is willing to consider all suggestions for revisions before presenting the bill to the Parliament, according to Lindström.

“The proposal has been improved further since the framework session, but it is not ready yet. We want critical and well-founded feedback on the bill. We have already lent an ear to labour market organisations. Our co-operation with them will continue,” he states in a blog on the website of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The government is planning on encouraging businesses with fewer than 20 employees to hire new employees by relaxing the criteria for terminating employees due to negligence or violation of duty or improper conduct that has either undermined trust between the employer and employee or complicated the operations of the employer or the work community. Such businesses would also not be required to look for a new position within the organisation for the employee before the termination of employment.

They would, however, be required to issue a warning to employees for improper conduct before letting them go.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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