Labour Law

In our society, the employment relationship between an employer and an employee and the terms of reference for organising work are subject to detailed regulation. One of the special characteristics of labour law is that a large number of its provisions are obligatory in favour of the employee. The legislation and collective employment agreements limit the scope of issues on which an employer and an employee may make a valid mutual agreement.

We assist our clients in labour law issues starting from the drafting of an employment contract. In these situations, it may be necessary to agree, for example, on a non-competition obligation which extends beyond the termination of employment or on non-disclosure obligations which are binding on the employee. It is important to define these obligations accurately and legally correctly at the beginning of employment in case the parties disagree on them later.

When organising work during an employment relationship, the employer needs to consider the requirements arising from the Working Hours Act and the Annual Holidays Act, for example, as well as the employee’s right to family leave. The employer has to attend to the employees’ right to privacy and safety at work, draft an action plan for safety at work and provide occupational health services. A company with 20 employees or more must also follow the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings when deciding on the terms of reference for organising work.

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
– Oscar Wilde

A dispute may arise between the parties if the employer needs to terminate or rescind the employment contract. In addition to the fact that the employer must have a valid and serious ground for terminating the contract, he also needs to follow correct procedures. Alfa’s experts specialised in labour law have competence in co-operation procedures and an extensive experience of disputes concerning the termination of employment contracts. We have represented both employees and employers in legal proceedings and acted as advocates for employer companies in the position of defendants as well as for employees who have been dismissed.

Similar rules also apply to the legal relationship between a public sector employer and a civil servant/public officer in its service. We also advise our clients on issues concerning the law on civil servants and assist in settling disputes.