Employment relationship matters
An employment relationship is formed when you and your employer agree on the work that you will do and how much you will be paid for it.
Finnish labour legislation contains absolute provisions that cannot be deviated from even on the basis of a contract if it would disadvantage the employee. The minimum terms of an employment relationship are determined on the basis of a general binding collective agreement, if one exists for the field in question. However, you are allowed to agree with your employer on any terms that are more favourable than the ones presented in the collective agreement.
Employment relationships involving those under 18 involve special conditions.
According to the law, young people cannot carry out work which would be unreasonably heavy for someone their age or which would interfere with their school attendance.
The involvement of young people in certain jobs and work tasks is either limited or forbidden entirely.Whether you are yourself an employee aged under 18 or you are the employer for such a person, it is worth familiarising yourself with the special regulations for employing young people so that you know your rights and obligations.
Young worker – remember to get a written work contract and make sure that you are paid the correct wage and holidays. If you are under 15, you also require your guardian’s consent to the employment relationship. If you are unsure about your rights, it is worth taking a look at the Young worker web page on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website. You can also receive help and support from the One-Stop Guidance Centre on work-related matters.