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Changes in employment

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When an employee’s employment relationship ends, comply with the law and ensure you meet your obligations to your employees and different authorities. Remember that giving notice or laying off an employee must never be the primary solution when business is quiet.

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Cooperation negotiations

Arrange cooperation negotiations if the changes planned in your company will affect the position of your employees.


Laying off means that your company is allowed to interrupt the employee’s work and the payment of the employee’s wages and your employee their work.

Alternatives to giving notice and layoffs

Before you give notice or lay off employees, also consider more flexible ways.

Dismissing an employee

A legitimate ground is required to terminate and cancel an employment relationship. Fixed-term employees cannot usually be given notice.

Termination of employment relationship

Upon the end of employment, pay the employee’s final pay and write the certificate of employment and wages. Also take care of other practical matters.