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Exempting a foreign employer from the insurance obligation

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If an employee is posted to work in Finland from abroad for more than 2 years (but less than 5 years), the Finnish Centre for Pensions can exempt the foreign employer from the obligation to take out insurance for the employee in Finland. The employer must apply for the exemption.

The Finnish Centre for Pensions cannot grant the exemption if the employee is covered by the rules of the EU Regulations on social security or social security agreements. That means that an exemption cannot be granted if the employee has been posted to Finland from:

• EU/EEA countries,

• Switzerland,

• USA,

• India,

• Israel,

• Chile,

• South Korea,

• China,

• Canada,

• or Quebeck.

The exemption can be granted for a maximum of five years from the onset of employment in Finland. The precondition is that pension provision has been arranged for the employee in some other way.

If the exemption cannot be granted, the foreign employer must take out pension provision in Finland under the Employees Pensions Act for the entire period that the employee has worked in Finland.

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The service is provided byFinnish Centre for Pensions
Responsible for the serviceFinnish Centre for Pensions
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Finnish Centre for Pensions
Updated: 6/2/2020