Monday, February 26, 2007

Move to Finland, Work Less

My mentor for life as a Finn is named Elena at FMI. In response to my hours spent preparing, teaching, and recovering from teaching the week-long intensive course, she referred me to Finnish regulations that prohibit one from working overtime (as averaged over the course of the year).

"Working hours Act.
Chapter 3. Regular working hours

Section 6. General provision

Regular working hours shall not exceed eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. The regular weekly working hours can also be arranged in such a way that the average is 40 hours over a period of no more than 52 weeks."

Chapter 4 deals with overtime regulations.


At 7:38 PM, Blogger Aulikki said...

Maybe this has something to do with the Finnish salaries...

At 10:19 AM, Blogger David Schultz said...

From one of the ex-Expats:

Maternity leave is 105 working days.

Paternity leave is 18 days + extension 12 days.

Parental leave is 158 working days (any of the parents).

After taking parental leave parents are entitled to take child care leave with employment security until their child reaches the age of 3. Employers do not have to pay employees on child care leave, but parents who take it are entitled to receive home care allowance from the city council.


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