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Working time

Working time is any time that you use for working, or when you are required to be at your workplace or available to your employer at a workplace.

Travelling time does not generally count as working time under the Working Time Act unless it is also regarded as work, for example if you have agreed with your employer that you will work during work-related travel.

You should also check the specific working time rules for your own work in your employment contract or collective agreement, as these may differ from the general rules established by law. There may also be working time rules agreed for your specific workplace in some cases.


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: 2/6/2020