Detailed contents of the emergency provisions in the Collective Agreement for Opticians and employment legislation
The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Union of Private Sector Professionals ERTO have agreed on changes to the Collective Agreement for Opticians in accordance with the recommendations of the central labour market organisations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The changes apply to the notice period for lay-offs, the negotiating period for co-operation negotiations and the re-employment of dismissed employees.
The changes are in force from 26 March to 30 June 2020 and are available for use immediately during ongoing and future co-operation negotiations, as well as for future lay-off notices and lay-off notices that have already been issued.
These changes only apply to the Collective Agreement for Opticians. Salespeople in opticians’ stores are covered by the Collective Agreement for the Commercial Sector, so they are subject to different provisions and different forms of flexibility.
In addition, temporary amendments to employment legislation will enter into force on 1 April 2020. They are valid until 30 June 2020, and they may be applied in every company. The legislative changes also apply to employees who are not covered by collective agreements (such as senior clerical staff).
See other articles on this topic:
Coronavirus guidelines (frequently asked questions about travel, quarantine, etc.)
Changes to the Collective Agreement for Commercial Transport Workers
Guidelines on co-operation procedures during the coronavirus pandemic
Detailed content of the emergency provisions for inclusion in the collective agreements for the commercial sector
Matters related to annual holiday during the corona virus pandemic
Temporary emergency provisions in collective agreements and employment legislation
Cancellation of employment during the probationary period (as of 1 April)
Lay-offs of fixed-term employees (as of 1 April)
Extension of the re-employment obligation (as of 1 April 2020)
Co-operation negotiations (as of 26 March in the scope of application of the Collective Agreement for Opticians, and as of 1 April for other employees)
Notice period for lay-offs (as of 26 March in the scope of application of the Collective Agreement for Opticians)
Validity of the emergency provisions
If a co-operation procedure is underway while the emergency provisions are in force – in other words, if the negotiation proposal is issued no later than 30 June – the shorter periods can be applied, even though the co-operation procedure extends beyond the expiry of the agreement.
The shorter notice period for lay-offs can be applied if the notice of lay-offs is issued while the emergency provisions are in force – no later than 30 June – even though the notice period for lay-offs extends beyond the expiry of the emergency provisions.
The Finnish Commerce Federation will provide separate guidance if the application of the emergency provisions ends earlier than expected.