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All 104 members of the ruling, three-party coalition voted in favour of a long-discussed bill to make laying off employees easier for small businesses in the Parliament on Tuesday. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
All 104 members of the ruling, three-party coalition voted in favour of a long-discussed bill to make laying off employees easier for small businesses in the Parliament on Tuesday. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

The much-discussed government bill to make laying off easier for small businesses has been passed by the Finnish Parliament.

Members of the Parliament on Tuesday voted 102-72 in favour of the bill, which – despite the long-running debate surrounding it – is not expected to have any major implications for the prevalent case-law in Finland.

The bill effectively introduces no amendments to the legal grounds for terminating employees, stating simply that the size of the business must be taken into consideration in a way that makes laying off easier for small than large businesses. The objective, therefore, is to encourage hiring by small businesses by reducing the risk associated with hiring new employees.

It was supported by all members of the ruling, three-party coalition, as well as four members of the Christian Democratic Party, ex-Centre Party member Paavo Väyrynen, ex-National Coalition Party member Harry Harkimo and Maria Tolppanen of the Social Democrats.

Tolppanen, who has previously estimated that the bill lacks the backing of the working class, admitted that she voted for the bill by accident.

“That was a workplace accident. I stood up immediately and said I voted for the wrong option,” she told Uusi Suomi on Tuesday. “I certainly don’t support the lay-off bill. This is completely senseless. Even if everyone else supported it, I wouldn’t.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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