Edited: 18.02.2019 - 16:21

Keywords: Employment terms and conditions

Notice periods for employment contracts

The longer you have been employed somewhere, the longer the notice period is for your employment contract. The trade union (PAM) and the employers’ federation can agree notice periods in the collective agreement that are different from the so-called standard notice periods in the Employment Contracts Act.

The notice periods do not apply if an employee has a fixed-period employment contract. This is binding on both the employer and the employee; notice does not specifically have to be given for a fixed-term contract. It ends when the period stated in the employment contract ends.

The notice period also does not apply if a new employee is on a so-called trial period, or if the employee’s employment relationship is terminated.
Check the notice periods for your sector here (click below to go to the notice periods.)

Alko
Pharmacies
Avecra
Customer service and telemarketing sector
Ski resort employees
Hairdressing sector
Amusement park employees
Retail employees
Retail supervisors Can make different agreement locally.
Warehouse and transport supervisors Can make different agreement locally.
Household appliance and equipment servicing and service machine sector
Facility services sector, except for janitors and cleaners on points-based pay
Photofinishing lab sector
Hospitality services employees
Hospitality services supervisors
Adventure services sector
Finnish National Opera
Finnish National Theatre


Standard notice periods

Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of one year;
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted 1-4 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 4-8 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted 8-12 years
  • 6 months, if employment has lasted over 12 years

Employee gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted 0-5 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 5 years

Pharmacies

Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 5-10 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 10-15 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted over 15 years


Employee gives notice
The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 10 years

Customer service and tele marketing sector


Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 1 year
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 1-4 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 4-8 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted 8-12 years
  • 6 months, if employment has lasted over 12 years

If employee gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 5 years

Avecra


Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 5-10 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 10-15 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted over 15 years

If employee gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 10 years

Ski resort employees, Amusement park employees


Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 1 year
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted 1-4 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 4-8 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 8-12 years
  • 6 months, if employment has lasted over 12 years

Employee gives notice

Notice period

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 5 years

Household appliance and equipment servicing and service machine sector

Employer gives notice

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 1 year
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted a maximum of 9 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted a maximum of 12 years
  • 5 months, if employment has lasted a maximum of 15 years
  • 6 months, if employment has lasted over 15 years.

If employee gives notice

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 1 year
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years and
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted over 10 years.

Photofinishing lab sector


Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 2 months, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 5-9 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted 9-12 years
  • 5 months, if employment has lasted 12-15 years
  • 6 months, if employment has lasted over 15 years

Employee gives notice
The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted over 10 years

Hospitality services employees


Employer gives notice
The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 2 months if employment has lasted a maximum of 5-10 years
  • 3 months if employment has lasted a maximum of 10-15 years
  • 4 months if employment has lasted a maximum of over 15 years

If employee gives notice
The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 10 years

Hospitality services supervisors


Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted a maximum of 5 years
  • 2 months if employment has lasted a maximum of 5-10 years
  • 3 months if employment has lasted a maximum of 10-15 years
  • 4 months if employment has lasted a maximum of over 15 years


If employee gives notice

  • The notice period is 1 month.

Adventure services sector


Employer gives notice
The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted 0-5 years
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted 5-10 years
  • 3 months, if employment has lasted 10-15 years
  • 4 months, if employment has lasted over 15 years

Employee gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted a maximum of 10 years
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted over 10 years

Janitors and cleaners on points-based pay

Employer gives notice

The notice period is

  • 1 month, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for a maximum of 1 year
  • 1.5 months, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for 1-5 years *)
  • 2 months, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for 5-10 years
  • 2.5 months, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for over 10 years *)
  • *) Half a month means 15 calendar days.


Employee gives notice

The notice period is

  • 14 days, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for a maximum of 1 year
  • 1 month, if employment has lasted uninterrupted for over 1 year

Retail supervisors, Warehouse and transport supervisors

Standard notice periods, but employees and employers can agree that the shortest notice period for both is 1 month. If the employee’s employment relationship has lasted over 4 years, if employers give notice they must however apply standard – longer – notice periods as per the collective agreement.

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