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Finland – Bill to improve job prospects for temporary workers

02 November 2012

The Finnish ministry of employment and the economy announced on Thursday that temporary agency workers will gain greater insight into their employment status with a bill expected to increase transparency from next year.

The ministry said that the bill will assess temporary employment relationships in greater detail to evaluate their legitimacy. Employers will be required to give reasons as to why they want to hire temporary workers.

“When temporary agency work contracts are made, [the] employer must inform [the] temporary agency worker about [the] reasons underlying the employment contract,” said a spokesperson to Staffing Industry Analysts in a statement.

Temporary staff should also be informed about the length of their assignments with companies asked to give an exact timeframe, if not estimates, on how long they want to use a temporary worker.

Companies using temporary workers may also be required to inform shop stewards on why they use temporary employers, if asked to do so.

The government said these measures will allow temporary workers to better evaluate their employment contracts and increase their career prospects. Legislation to make these changes is expected to come into force in early 2013. 

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