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Period of notice

Unless otherwise stipulated in a collective agreement or individual employment contract, an employer must observe the following periods of notice when dismissing an employee:

  • 14 days if the employment has continued for no longer than one year,
  • 1 month if the employment has continued for 1–4 years,
  • 2 months if the employment has continued for 4–8 years,
  • 4 months if the employment has continued for 8–12 years, and
  • 6 months if the employment has continued for longer than 12 years.

Unless otherwise stipulated in a collective agreement or individual employment contract, an employee must observe the following periods of notice when resigning from employment:

  • 14 days if the employment has continued for no longer than five years, and
  • 1 month if the employment has continued for longer than five years.

The permitted grounds for discharging a public servant from office are the same as the grounds for dismissing an employee, but the public appointment will continue if a judicial review finds that the discharge was unlawful.


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    Text edited by: Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK, Confederation of Finnish Industries – EK, Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland – Akava, Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees – STTK, KT Local Government Employers, Labour Market Organisation of the Church – KiT, Office for the Government as Employer – VTML
    Updated: 12/11/2018