EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Finland: Reemployment obligation after restructuring

Phase: Management
Reemployment obligation after restructuring
Zuletzt geändert: 26 July, 2017
Ursprünglicher Name:

Työsopimuslaki (55/2001)

Englischer Name:

The Employment Contracts Act (55/2001)


Ch. 6, Sec. 6


If an employee is dismissed on financial or production-related grounds, and the employer needs new employees within four months of termination of the employment contract for the same or similar work as previously performed by the dismissed employee, the employer is obliged to reemploy the employee, provided that the employee is registered as a job seeker with the public employment services. The job must be specifically offered to the dismissed, unemployed employee. If the employment relationship had lasted for 12 years or more prior to its termination, the duration of the reemployment obligation is six months.

The law is generally applicable on all dismissals based on financial or production-related grounds.


The duration of the reemployment obligation was reduced from nine months to four months (six months for employment relationships of 12 years or more) in 2016. Employer organisations supported the reform, while trade unions opposed it, arguing that employment security in Finland is comparably weak as it is and that a reduced reemployment period in no way improves the employment rate.

Some collective agreements contain provisions on longer reemployment periods.

Cost covered by
Not applicable
Involved actors other than national government
  • Public employment service
No, applicable in all circumstances
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