Krogerus shares the latest information on an employee’s loyalty obligation at a breakfast seminar
On 27 November, Krogerus held a breakfast seminar on the latest issues in employment law. The seminar focused on employee’s obligation of loyalty towards the employer. A breach of this obligation can serve as a justified ground for ending the employment.
Over sixty persons participated at the Krogerus office in Helsinki and via video link from the Krogerus offices in Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Oulu, Tampere and Turku. Krogerus partner Jari-Pekka Alho served as the host. Krogerus associate Anna Polvenlahti, who specialises in employment law, also spoke at the event.
“We analysed the recent Finnish Supreme Court and Labour Court cases on this issue and presented the underlying legal rules using practical examples,” says Jari-Pekka.
“The loyalty obligation is especially timely because we have new case law in this field. This interest was clearly reflected in the record high turn-out at this seminar,” he adds.
Termination of employment is illegal in Finland unless there are valid grounds. These grounds are generally considered difficult to prove. They may exist when a company can show that an employee has breached his or her loyalty obligation.
“At issue, fundamentally, is a loss of trust. Breaching the loyalty obligation can have far-reaching consequences. It is increasingly used as a basis for termination,” says Jari-Pekka.
Lakisääteiset aamukahvit is a breakfast seminar series held each spring and autumn that informs participants of recent legal developments. The seminars are held in Finnish.
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