Your YTY labour law advisor is only a phone call away, and is ready to guide you in all questions and difficulties that arise in relations with your employer.
Here are a few examples:
- making and interpreting an employment contract
- the impact of collective agreements
- grounds for terminating employment and investigating whether they are lawful
- non-disclosure and restraint of trade clauses
- reimbursement of travelling expenses
- annual holiday and working time questions
- study leave and job alternation leave
- guidance when leaving to work abroad
Dismissal and other disputes with an employer
Employees who have been fired often need advice from a qualified lawyer - urgently. A lawyer who is well versed in employment questions will be able to determine whether a dismissal is justified, either on grounds of redundancy or because of employee misconduct.
Members of YTY can turn to their union for help in negotiating. When necessary a lawyer from YTY will negotiate with a representative of the employer or the employer's federation with a view to reaching some amicable settlement.
Liability and legal aid insurance
If negotiations are inconclusive, then you may claim compensation for the costs of any legal proceedings that are required for settling an employment dispute from the union's liability and legal aid insurance scheme. To be eligible for compensation, the claimant must have been a member of YTY for at least six months when the insured accident occurred or the civil dispute arose. If union membership has continued for less than two years, then the underlying grounds for any civil or criminal action must also have arisen during the membership period. These waiting periods do not apply when membership has been transferred to YTY directly from another trade union. Be sure to contact YTY if any dispute occurs. Further details of insurance claims are shown on the members' website.
A written employment contract specifies many things that might seem obvious to the parties, but the document should always be prepared with care and shown to a YTY legal advisor for checking where necessary. The YTY members' website also provides model documents and guidance in preparing a good contract of employment. Guidelines are also available on preparing restraint of trade clauses and executive service agreements.
Heikki Kähkönen (Mon-Wed)
Heli Hagman (Thu-Fri)
tel. (09) 2510 1350 (Mon-Fri 8.30-13.00)
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