Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, confirms that the government has made two revisions to its much-discussed proposal to allow small businesses to lay off staff on personal grounds.
Lindström stated in a press conference earlier today that the government has lowered the employee limit for eligible businesses from 10 to 20 and reduced the waiting period for unemployment benefits for employees laid off on personal grounds from 90 to 60 days.
Both revisions were made public yesterday by Talouselämä and Uusi Suomi.
Lindström also revealed that the government has re-phrased a section of the proposal by removing all references to a “breach of a relationship of trust” between the employer and employee. Critics of the proposal had warned that the original wording could prove problematic and lead to lay-offs made on arbitrary grounds.
He confirmed that the revisions were made at the recommendation of experts and other stakeholders who commented on the proposal.
“Even though we started to prepare the revisions due to the needs of businesses, we never forgot about employee protection. The labour markets will not become the Wild West, and laying off employees on arbitrary grounds will still be impossible. Our proposal follows the letter of the constitution and international treaties,” assured Lindström.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi