Employment law

Here you’ll find informative articles about real-life legal issues written by Tekna attorneys.

This page is under translation. We will soon have all our legal advice translated to English. 


Tekna has representatives working in more than 900 organizations in both the public and private sector. Salaries are negotiated in collective bargaining sessions, after which employers determine the individual employee’s salary based on the agreed criteria. Tekna offers members legal advice on questions concerning salary and salary development.
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Being terminated can have dramatic consequences for an individual, and it’s important to know your rights if you experience this situation. Regulations on employee termination largely follow the Working Environment Act, with the exception of government employees (see the paragraph below).

Termination in the public sector

Regulations concerning the termination of government employees appear in the Law on Government Employees (16 June 2017). This law regulates the rules on terminating these employees.

Your rights when laid off or unemployed

Do you have questions about what your rights are if you’re laid off or unemployed? Find updated information about work-related information and Tekna’s services that can help you in your new life situation: Your rights when laid off or unemployed


Who is entitled to a vacation, how many vacation days are allowed, and how is vacation pay earned? How much vacation can I transfer? What happens to my vacation pay when I leave a job?

Intellectual Property Rights/IPR Law

Almost all organizations have intellectual property rights whether they are in the form of business and industrial secrets, know-how, patents, trademark, design, copyrights, business names or domain names. These rights are often established because of employees’ achievements; in these cases, there is often a need to have specific rules on any transfer of rights from the employee to the organization.

Employment contract

Tekna recommends that you read through your employment contract very carefully before signing it. This is the most important contractual document you have that regulates the rights and duties shared by both you and your employer.


An important part of your salary and employment conditions. 

Read more here and see how Tekna can help answer your pension-related questions. 

Work hours

The purpose behind the legally defined work hour regulations is to ensure that employees have a work schedule that does not cause them or their closest family members an unnecessarily large health or social burden. You’ll find work hour regulations in the Working Environment Act, chapter 10.

What if your employer tells you to travel outside your normal working hours to a different workplace than your usual one, is this considered work time? Read the article: Travel time is work time

Leading and particulary independent positions

Many employers use the concepts of ‘leading’ and ‘particularly independent’ regarding specific jobs or employees. In the following article we’ll explain what the formal requirements are for this position and what they mean for your rights: Leading and particulary independent positions

Employment in the public sector

Employment in the public sector is more highly regulated than that in the private sector. This article answers your questions about the applicable requirements with respect to the process and administrative procedure involved with hiring, job postings and what’s known as ‘the qualification principle’: Employment in the public sector

Leave of absence

You have the right as an employee to take leave from work for a certain period of time. The most common types of leave are 1) parental leave and 2) education leave. An employee can choose to take either paid or unpaid leave. Leave of absence
Your right to receive sickness benefits while on unpaid parental leave

Written notice

Issuing a written notice is one of the means an employer has available to them if they wish to correct an employee’s unwanted/unregulated behavior.
Written notice