The Summer Job Helpline provides young people with advice

The Summer Job Helpline, provided jointly by the Finnish labour confederations SAK, Akava and STTK, offers young people advice on matters related to summer employment.

The service is available, free of charge, to young people, their parents and employers.

The service has responded to hundreds of enquiries every summer. Assistance can be requested by phone or through the Internet on issues related, for example, to wages, work shifts or the drafting of employment contracts.

Summer Job Advisor Sini Tervo reminds young people that it is always important to get the employment contract in writing.

– Before you sign any contract, carefully read it and review the work terms and conditions as well as the rights and obligations of the employee. Check the number of working hours stated or promised in the contract. Anything in the contract that is unclear should be clarified and understood before the contract is signed, Knape states.

Be sure to closely check your payslip or similar wage itemization. Holiday compensation must be paid for any employment relationship even if it does not last more than a few hours.

– Make sure that your wage information is correct and that you have been paid all evening, weekend and overtime compensations. When the summer job ends, check that you receive the correct holiday compensation, Tervo says as a reminder for summer employees.

The Summer Job Helpline is open from Monday, 2 May until Friday 2 September. The service has been provided for eleven summers already.

You can request information by calling 0800 179 279 or through the website at www.kesaduunari.fi. You can also follow relevant discussions in Facebook and in Twitter.

The telephone helpline is open Mondays–Fridays, from 9 am until 3 pm. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. You can also call to the service anonymously.

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