New sick leave rules bring Finland into line with EU

Changes in legislation should be in place by 1st April 2019.

File image of someone who is sick & taking medicine / Credit: iStock

New rules coming into force mean that if you’re on holiday from work and get sick, you won’t lose your annual leave days.

Today, the government announced they will amend the Annual Holidays Act to bring it into line with European Union legislation, and make sure workers can still get four weeks of paid annual leave even if they have been off work with sickness or medical rehabilitation.

There’s also a proposal to extend the amount of time you have to take annual leave that has been pushed back because of being ill.

The new EU legislation comes into force on 1st April 2019, and Finland should be in line with it by then, before the end of the current parliament in the spring.