Change security solutions

Change security solutions

We formulate change security solutions that meet your organisation's situation and different needs so you can adapt and thrive through the challenges and opportunities of change

It is a good idea to discuss matters related to change security with your company's elected representatives and put processes in place, even if there are no staff reductions in sight.

Instead of financial compensation, employers want to support people who have been made redundant with career coaching and training so that they can develop their own skills and transition to new jobs.

Our support for change security situations 

We provide you with expert support based on decades of experience and best practices to comprehensively complete your adaptation and change situation.

All our coaching solutions can be implemented both face-to-face and virtually. Certified coaches with vast professional experience provide individual support to those been made redundant. We cooperate with carefully selected training partners. Ask us for a solution that suits your situation.

We operate nationwide.

Information for the employer

Strengthening the employer image, both in the eyes of the company's own and potential new staff, is essential when offering support to those who have been let go.

The central legislation on change security solution is:

  • The employer must offer the dismissed the right to employment-promoting coaching and training.
  • The value of the coaching and training shall correspond to the amount of the employee's personal salary, but not less than the average monthly salary of the company or public organisation at the site.
  • The dismissed is also entitled to occupational health care services six months after the end of the obligation to work.

    The above applies to workers made redundant for productional and financial reasons who have been employed by the employer for at least five years. The obligations apply to employers with at least 30 employees.

    The different occupational cost risks are also reduced when someone who has been dismissed moves to a new job. This is the case for example, for unemployment pensions, which can have a significant impact on pension contributions. Developing situation management and job search capacity can make a definite contribution to those leaving in finding employment faster.

    Information for the dismissed

    With the help of the change security legislation, the dismissed will be able to take up a new position clearly faster. The support enables the person to gain support and capacity to find work, which requires an active approach, flexible use of job opportunities and knowledge of new ways of finding work. They can also update or expand their professional skills, thereby strengthening their position in the labour market.

    What is most often concerned about change security issues, and how can legislation be interpreted?

    The following answers that we have compiled from different connections have not been separately verified and we are not responsible for their accuracy. Therefore, we always recommend the company to be in contact with its own legal advice or, for example, with its employers' union to ensure the matter and application practice in the industry.

    How is the value of coaching determined?

    The coaching or training paid by the employer shall correspond to the employee's total monthly salary or the average monthly earnings of the staff employed by the employer, whichever is greater. For monthly and weekly-paid employees, the value of training or coaching is relatively easy to calculate.

    The principles used to calculate annual holiday pay are taken into account in defining the concept of wages. Thus, when calculating deferred monthly pay, no consideration is taken, for example, to distributions of profits, cash profit bonus, contributions to the Personnel Fund, royalties, benefits arising from the exercise of the employee stock option, or performance-based on employment relationships determined by a change in the value of the company's share. Travel and other expenses are also not taken into account.

    In the case of an hourly-paid employee with varying working hours or a commission or contract-paid employee, the value of the training or coaching shall be calculated on the basis of the average salary of the employee.

    The average monthly earnings of staff shall be obtained by the addition of monthly earnings and by dividing the amount of the euro by the number of staff at the office. The CEO's salary is not taken into account in the calculation because he or she is not employed. In the case of government agencies and institutions, the salary on which the value of coaching and training is based for one month, and the average monthly earnings of staff are calculated on the basis of Section 7 of the General Service and Collective Agreement concerning the remuneration of the State for the remuneration of the period of absence.

    Does the value of the coaching include VAT?

    Yes, it does. (This interpretation by the EK of 5 January 1777; the draft law does not take a position)

    What if the employee refuses training? What should be taken into account that the employer is sure to be able to prove that he has fulfilled the obligation?

    The employer is obliged to provide training, but the employee decides whether or not to accept it. There's no compulsion to do this. The employer best demonstrates this by requesting a signature on the contract/paper to be contracted.

    Who decides on education? Employee/giver?

    The employer decides on the training. It is possible that the employer will agree with the employees' representatives. The collective agreement in the field can also comment on this now or in the future.

    Do I have to spend all the money?

    The law determines what amount must be spent. A higher amount may be involved, but a smaller amount may be agreed differently together with staff representatives (shop stewards or official staff representatives).

    Does the amount of ELY support affect the amount to be paid?

    The law does not really take a position on this. The act also talks about the value of education, and it states that since it makes no sense at the level of the law to provide more precisely for the content or targeting of coaching or training, the procedure for acquiring it, or the setting of its value, a collective agreement could agree on these matters differently from the law. Similarly, the employer and personnel could agree partly differently from the law, subject to the collective agreement.

    The surest thing to do is to agree on this in advance with the personnel representatives.

    If a person is immediately employed, does the employer still have an obligation to provide training or coaching that supports employment?

    The law does not take a position on this, so in principle, that is the case. In practice, it can be difficult for a person at work to take advantage of training or coaching while on the job, but this should depend on how the training or coaching has been decided to be acquired or arranged.

    Is the average salary calculated according to the site? Will the salary of the Group's management be taken into account?

    The value of the training or coaching shall correspond to the employee's calculated salary for one month or the average monthly earnings of the staff working at the same site as the dismissed employee, whichever is the higher. The average monthly earnings of the staff employed by the employer are obtained by adding up the monthly earnings and dividing the amount of the euro by the number of staff on the place of business. The CEO's salary is not taken into account in the calculation because he or she is not employed. The salaries of other employed managers, on the other hand, are included in the calculation.

    Can the training to promote employment start within 2 months of dismissal or should it be fully completed within the 2-month period?

    The training or coaching must be carried out after the termination of the notice period within two months. For weighty reasons, coaching or training can be partially or fully targeted at a later date. This may be, for example, a situation where the training acquired continues beyond the time limit due to the schedule of the person carrying out the training. A weighty reason would also be that appropriate coaching or training is not available within the time limit, that the arranged training or training is cancelled for reasons not attributable to the employer, or any other comparable reason.

    What matters should be agreed on locally?

    All possible matters related to the security of change, which are considered important for the implementation of the act and for the implementation of appropriate practice in the company, site, etc. These issues may vary from company to company and/or industry, but also locally.

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    Päivi Erkkilä
    Growth Area Director, Career Lifecycle Solutions
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