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Illness and employment relationship

Remember that

  • you must tell your employer as soon as you know how long you are going to be on sick leave
  • your illness is not a legal reason for your employer to fire you
  • however, if your illness means that you cannot work, in some cases the employer has the right to let you go.

Due to the situation caused by coronavirus, the content of this page may not be up to date. Up-to-date information is available at the Finnish Government´s website on page Questions on the effects of the coronavirus concerning employment.


Text edited by: Suomi.fi editorial team
Updated: 5/5/2020