Terms and conditions of employment

Terms and conditions of employment - Alasivu

The statement of the principal terms and conditions of employment must be issued without a separate request from the employee, unless these terms are entered in the written employment contract.


All permanent employees and employees with a fixed-term contract of at least one month must be provided with the principal terms of employment applicable to their work in writing. The document must state at least the terms and conditions of employment listed in the Finnish Employment Contracts Act, except where these are already given in the employee’s written contract. The information on the principal terms of employment must be given no later than the end of the employee’s first pay period.

The right to receive the terms and conditions of employment in writing does not extend to employees who are hired on a fixed-term basis for a period of less than one month. If, however, an employee has multiple fixed-term contracts of less than one month each with the same employer and on the same terms of employment, the terms must be provided in writing once one month has passed since the start of the first contract.

Such a statement may be given in one or several documents or by a reference to legislation or a collective agreement applicable to the employment relationship.

The employer must also present the employee with a written statement on any changes in the terms and conditions of employment as soon as possible, though not later than the end of the pay period following the change. Such a statement does not need to be given if the change is due to an amendment of legislation or the collective agreement.

In temporary agency work, the statement referred to above must be issued if requested by the agency worker, even if the employment contract is for a fixed period of less than one month.

Contents of the written statement

The statement shall include at least:

  • the domicile or business location of the employer and the employee
  • the date of commencement of the work
  • the grounds for concluding a fixed-term contract and the date of termination of the contract, or its estimated date of termination
  • the trial period
  • the place where the work is to be performed or, if the employee has no primary fixed workplace, an explanation of the principles according to which the employee will work in various work locations
  • the employee’s principal duties
  • the collective agreement applicable to the work
  • the grounds for the determination of pay and other remuneration, and the pay period
  • the regular working hours and, in the case of varying working hours stipulated by the employer, a statement on the situations and numbers regarding the need for labour force
  • the manner of determining annual holiday, and
  • the period of notice or the grounds for determining it.

In the case of work performed abroad for a minimum period of one month, the employer must issue a statement to the employee concerning the following well before the employee travels to the location:

  • the duration of the work
  • the currency in which the monetary pay is to be paid
  • the monetary remunerations and fringe benefits applicable abroad, and
  • the terms for the repatriation of the employee.