Posting Workers to Finland and the Duty to Report

If you have posted workers in Finland, you have probably heard of the new legislation coming into force early this autumn, which obligates a posting company to notify the authorities about the posting. If you’re wondering how the legislation will affect you, here’s a summary of the basics!

A posted worker is an employee temporarily posted in Finland for a certain time period by their employer. The employee normally works in a country other than Finland and their employer is established in another country where they are significantly engaged in the trade. The posted worker can be posted in Finland either to work under a subcontract, as an internal transfer within a company, or as a temporary agency worker.

Both the new Act on Posting Workers (447/2016) and the old Posted Workers Act (1146/1999) apply to posted workers. Note that the old act will still apply to posted workers when the new act comes into force if these workers have been posted to Finland based on a contract that concluded before 18 June 2016. The aim of this legislation is to place posted workers on an equal footing with Finnish workers. More information on the act and its scope of application can be found on the website of the Regional State Administrative Agencies.

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