Employer of Record Finland

Finland Statutory Leave

Employer of Record Finland

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Finland Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 105 working days, (excluding Saturdays) of paid maternity leave in Finland. Leave must be taken from at least 30 days before the due date, and can begin as early as 50 days before.

Maternity leave is paid for by Kela (Social Security), at a rate of at least EUR 29.05 per day. The exact amount is calculated using the employee’s annual salary. Most collective bargaining agreements also have stipulations regarding maternity leave, with the employer often being required to pay a salary during this time. 

The employee may also extend the leave by using parental leave. 

Paternity Leave in Finland

Employees are eligible for 54 paid days of paternity leave. Maternity leave can run concurrently for up to 18 additional days. Until the child turns 2, the father is entitled to take the remaining time off as paternity leave in up to two distinct blocks. 

Paternity leave is paid for by Kela (Social Security), at a rate of at least EUR 29.05 per day. The exact amount is calculated using the employee’s annual salary 

As with maternity leave, the employee may also extend the leave by using parental leave. 

Parental Leave in Finland

Employees are entitled to 158 working days of parental leave, distributed between both parents as they see fit. This leave is taken immediately after Maternity/Paternity leave, and is granted in addition to these. 

Parental leave is paid for by Kela (Social Security), at a rate of at least EUR 29.05 per day. The exact amount is calculated using the employee’s annual salary 

In addition, parents have the option of taking a modified work schedule (partial childcare leave) for the first two years their child is in school. Employees are also entitled to take unpaid extended childcare leave until their child turns three. 

Finland Annual Leave

The calculation of annual leave runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Employees earn two paid holiday days each month during the first calculation period, and two and a half days after that. There are between 24 and 30 days worth of paid holidays per year. Those who have worked for the company for at least 15 years are entitled to three vacation days per month. 

In Finland, a full week of vacation time includes Saturdays. Holidays are usually taken from May-September, with four weeks being taken in the summer, and one in the winter. 

Public Holidays in Finland

According to Finnish labour legislation, employees are entitled to 11 paid public holidays, and if they must work on a holiday, they will receive double pay. A collective bargaining agreement that applies to both parties can stipulate any holiday-related provisions that are not already covered by the law. 

Public holidays include 

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Epiphany 
  • Good Friday 
  • Second Easter Day
  • Vappu 
  • Mother’s Day 
  • Ascension Day 
  • Midsummer Eve 
  • Midsummer Day
  • All Saints’ Day 
  • Father’s Day 
  • Independence Day 
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Christmas Day
  • Second Day of Christmas

Finland Sick Leave

After one month of employment, Employees are entitled to 9 workdays of sick leave annually, compensated at a rate equivalent to 100% of the employee’s salary. Employees who have been employed for less than a month will be paid 50% of their salaries for any sick days taken. 

The employee may be eligible for a sickness allowance from the state after ten days of illness.


Unpaid Education Leave

If an employee has worked full-time for their employer for at least a year, they are eligible to take up to two years of study leave during any five-year term. 

For employees with between 3-12 months of employment, 5 days are available to be taken as study leave. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an Employer of Record company. The Employer of Record will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

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