Legal counselling for members

Counselling on employment and other professional legal matters and grant-funded work

The Union offers its members legal counselling in matters pertaining to employment and grant-funded work. The Union’s experts help with issues such as employment, collective agreement, fixed-term contracts, grants, research ethics, copyright, equality and non-discrimination issues, unemployment security, social security, funding and other issues related to our members’ working lives.

In the workplace, immediate help can usually be found by contacting your local shop steward (employee representative). For occupational health and safety issues, it is also possible to contact the health and safety representative.

If the matter concerns the operations of the Teachers’ Unemployment Fund, the effect of part-time entrepreneurship on unemployment security or the accumulation of the amount of earnings-related unemployment benefit, we recommend contacting the Teachers’ Unemployment Fund’s customer service directly.

Contact instructions

Contacts related to the legal issues of working life are primarily made by e-mail. It is a good idea to include the necessary background information in the first e-mail, such as the name of the employer, a description of the problem, information on the employment relationship (permanent/fixed-term, duration etc.) and a copy of the employment contract if the matter is related to the terms and conditions of employment.

Questions will generally be answered within a few working days. However, please note that during peak times, such as just before the holidays, it can take a little longer to answer. Please contact us well in advance so we can help you in the best possible way.

The majority of legal issues are resolved through counselling and negotiation. Taking legal action in the matter is always the final resort. Please note that it is solely the member’s right to decide whether legal actions shall be taken. The Union does not handle any legal disputes in court on behalf of its members.

If a member chooses to forward the matter to the courts for handling, that member is responsible for hiring an external legal adviser (lawyer or attorney specialising in labour law). The Union will recommend a suitable adviser and support the member throughout the legal process by providing a legal protection benefit (as of 1 January 2022) or legal expenses insurance (until 31 December 2021) – (see more about the terms and conditions of the legal expenses insurances here). Members should always ensure the suitability of the legal protection benefit or legal expenses insurance to their own case prior to initiating any legal action. The Union shall not cover, on behalf of the member, any legal expenses that exceed those covered by the legal protection benefit or legal expenses insurance.

Legal counselling

Salla Viitanen, Master of Laws, Union Lawyer,  +358 (0) 207 589 621 (Tue 1–4 p.m., Wed 9 a.m. – 12 noon), salla.viitanen(at)tieteentekijat.fi.
Please note: The telephone service during summer time on June 1–July 3, and August 10–August 31, 2022: Tuesdays 13-15 and Wednesdays 9-12. The phone service is on a break on July 4 – August 9, 2022.
Mia Weckman, Master of Laws, Director of Advocacy, +358 (0) 207 589 616, mia.weckman(at)tieteentekijat.fi
Please note that the membership fee does not include unlimited counselling services; the Union considers on a case-by-case basis how extensive the measures taken should be. In principle, advice is given only on problems or issues that have arisen during membership.

The price for calls to numbers starting with (0)207 is 0.088 €/minute + VAT 24%.

 

Legal expenses insurance and liability insurance (until 31 December 2021) and the new legal protection benefit (starting on 1 January 2022)

Previous legal expenses insurance

The Union has previously offered its members liability and legal expenses insurance from Turva Mutual Insurance Company. As of 1 January 2022, the legal expenses insurance will be replaced by the new legal protection benefit (see below). Further information about the change is available from the Union’s lawyer.

Legal expenses insurance covers the necessary and reasonable legal expenses arising from the use of the insured’s lawyer, which have been incurred in disputes arising from employment, service or commission contracts in accordance with the terms and conditions. Grant-funded researchers are insured in matters concerning research work.

The use of legal expenses insurance is conditional on the union’s approval to use the insurance. Please contact the Union before using the insurance. The Union provides more detailed information on the content of legal expenses insurance and assists in finding the right kind of legal adviser.

Liability insurance covers personal injury and property damage caused by a member in the course of their work, for which the insured is liable under the applicable law.

New legal protection benefit

As of 1 January 2022, FUURT is offering its members a new legal protection benefit that aims to improve the amount and availability of legal protection. The new benefit replaces the earlier legal expenses insurance.

The terms and conditions of the legal protection benefit will improve with each year of membership. The amount of the benefit provided by FUURT increases in relation to each year of continuous membership up to as much as 30,000 euro with a decreasing rate of deductible, as shown in the attached table. The Union office can provide you with more detailed information about the terms of the benefit.

Duration of membership Amount of legal protection Deductible
6–12 months 15,000 euro 15%
1 year 16,000 euro 14%
2 years 17,000 euro 13%
3 years 18,000 euro 12%
4 years 19,000 euro 11%
5 years 20,000 euro 10%
6 years 21,000 euro 9%
7 years 22,000 euro 8%
8 years 23,000 euro 7%
9 years 24,000 euro 6%
10 years 25,000 euro 5%
11 years 26,000 euro 4%
12 years 27,000 euro 3%
13 years 28,000 euro 2%
14 years 29,000 euro 1%
15 years 30,000 euro 0%

The legal protection benefit covers legal disputes related to the member’s own employment relationship and the research work of grant-funded researchers.  The legal protection benefit also covers members’ issues and job application matters related to the Act on Equality between Women and Men (609/1986) and the Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), if the Union views such actions as being necessary. The legal protection benefit can also be used to cover certain situations that deal with criminal matters within employment relationships.

Members should always ensure the suitability of the legal protection benefit to their own case prior to initiating any legal action.

The use of the legal protection requires that the member apply for the benefit from the Union prior to accruing any costs for the handling of the matter in question. Always contact the Union if you find yourself in need of the legal protection benefit. The Union’s lawyer can provide more detailed information about the content of the legal protection benefit and advice on finding the right person to handle your matter.

Counselling on private legal matters

In legal matters pertaining to private life, members can contact the lawyers of Eversheds Attorneys Ltd directly at the advisory numbers below Mon–Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price for calls to numbers starting with 010 is 8.35 cents / call + 16.69 cents / min.

Helsinki +358 (0) 10 6841 400
Hämeenlinna +358 (0) 10 6841 401
Jyväskylä +358 (0) 10 6841 402
Tampere +358 (0) 10 6841 403
Turku +358 (0) 10 6841 404

Issues covered by private legal matters counselling include:

  • matters concerning inheritances, wills and distributions;
  • matters related to family law, such as marriage settlement agreements, divorce, division of the property, maintenance allowance;
  • legal matters concerning unmarried couples such as dissolution of joint ownership;
  • inheritance taxation and gift taxation;
  • matters related to tenancy and housing associations, housing transactions;

The telephone counselling service covers matters a lawyer can solve over the phone without consulting any documents. The counselling does not apply to the preparation of documents.