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When must notice of a lay-off be given?

The employer must give the employee notice of a lay-off in person no later than 14 days before the lay-off begins. If the notice cannot be delivered in person, it may be delivered by post or electronically following the same notice period. In the notice, the reason for the lay-off, its starting date, duration or estimated duration must be mentioned.

There is no obligation to give notice if the employer is not obligated to pay wages or salary to the employee for the entire duration of the lay-off due to some other absence from work.

For informational purposes, the notice must also be given to the representative of the employees to be laid off.

Check the collective agreement that your workplace follows and the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings or the Church’s co-operation agreement to see what they say about the notice obligation.