Lakikaveri

in working life, it’s possible to find yourself in sticky situations

In working life, it’s possible to find yourself in sticky situations, from unpaid wages to an unexpected dismissal. If this happens, confusion can quickly turn to feelings of anxiety, and coping on your own may prove difficult. In these situations, the YTK Association’s Lakikaveri legal service is at your assistance.

The Lakikaveri service is intended for all members of the YTK Association. You can call the helpline immediately, and you have access to a personal legal investigation service when you have been a member of YTK Association for at least 6 months.

Cases of current members that have taken place in 2021 can also be investigated retroactively, provided that you have been a member for 6 months before the event.

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Examples of situations where Lakikaveri can help

  • Unpaid wages
  • Suspicion of unlawful dismissal
  • Terms entered in the employment contract
  • Changes in the terms of employment
  • Workplace harassment
  • Breaches of employment contracts
  • Chaining of fixed-term contracts
  • Fixed-term employment, family leave, holidays and other worries on your mind

What you can do

  1. Check out our extensive knowledge bank

    The knowledge bank for employment issues has plenty of information

  2. Call an OpusLex-lawyer

    The OpusLex-legal network’s telephone counseling is at your service immidiately when you become a member of the YTK Association. You find the instructions on how to call below in How to call an OpusLex-lawyer.

  3. Discuss with the OpusLex-lawyer about the possibility to use the personal investigation service

    If your matter can not be resolved over the phone, the YTK Association can grant you the investigation service of an OpusLex-lawyer. The service is principally at your use when you have been a member of the YTK Association for at least six (6) months when the matter occurs. You find further terms and conditions in OMA+.

  4. Take advantage of legal expenses insurance

    Most issues can be handled over the phone or in the investigation service. If this is not the case, you can get compensations from the legal expenses insurance according to the insurance terms for legal and litigation costs in a dispute. Please read the insurance terms in advance.

How to call an OpusLex-lawyer:

  1. Prepare for the phone call

    If you encounter a difficult situation related to your employment that you cannot solve with the help of YTK Association's knowledge bank, you can call an OpusLex-lawyer. Prepare for the call by writing down your problems and the course of events in as much detail as possible. Have your membership number on hand (you can find it in OMA+) as well as any documents related to the matter, such as your employment contract and notice of dismissal or lay-off.

  2. Call the lawyer

    Call 0200 55011 (local/mobile network rate) to speak with a lawyer specialising in employment issues (Mon-Wed 9-14). Please note that calling from abroad or from a foreign connection may result in additional costs.

  3. Be patient and wait for things to move forward

    Most cases can be resolved over the phone but if not, our lawyer will find out whether the case can be covered by the Lakikaveri investigation service.

    If so, the lawyer will review the details of your case and progress the matter as required by the situation. Legal processes are often slow, but your case is being handled and the lawyer will contact you if necessary.

  4. Discuss potential further action with the lawyer

    If no settlement can be reached through the investigation service, discuss with the lawyer whether the case should be taken to court.  If so, you need to submit an application to the insurance company, who decides whether the legal costs are covered by the insurance.

    You can find the restrictions to legal expenses insurance coverage here.

Tatu Hirvonen is the chairman of the board of Opuslex Oy

“For justice, against injustice”

Tatu Hirvonen is the chairman of the board of Opuslex Oy, which manages ten law firms in Joensuu as CEO. During his time as a lawyer, Tatu has dealt with numerous labour law mandates and the years have shown that even with the help of knowledgeable experts, difficult disagreements are very often settled.

OpusLex is a network of over twenty independent law firms. The law firms employ about sixty lawyers across Finland.

Your situation may seem difficult, but don't worry. Many have received help in similar situations from Lakikaveri.

Example: dismissal for personal reasons

Saara, 28, product development engineer

Our company went through organisational changes as the result of a merger, and I got a new boss in the process. From the get-go, I could sense that we weren’t on the same page. I felt as though he didn’t like anything I said or did.

Example: Chaining of fixed-term contracts and discrimination

Kaisa, 37, graphic designer

I applied for a temporary position as a graphic designer in a large company. The position was for a maternity leave substitute. I got to the final stages of the interviews and also did a work sample. There were two applicants in the end, and the other one was selected for the job.

Example: Interference in personal life

Kari, 34, auto mechanic

My wife and I had a baby during the pandemic and we were making plans for the baptism ceremony. I’d asked a coworker to be the godfather, and the topic of the baptism came up at work. My boss, who’s clearly scared of the coronavirus, said that if we go through with the baptism, me and my coworker would both need to stay on unpaid leave for a week as in his opinion, we’d be risking our coworkers’ health by hosting a family event..

Example: Impaired work ability as grounds for dismissal

Ilpo, 38, mechanical fitter

A few years ago, I started getting fractures and after several examinations, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was placed on sick leave and the doctors began looking for suitable medication for me.

Example: Failure to pay agreed wages

Teppo, 54, restaurant supervisor

After I lost my job in the restaurant industry because of COVID, I went through a temp agency and applied for work at a refinery that needed extra hands during a strike. I also received a commission for referring people I knew for the job.

Example: Bullying, belittlement and dismissal in violation of the Employment Contracts Act

Riitta, 59, sales clerk

I worked for a kiosk owner who was constantly guilty of all sorts of violations of the collective agreement. I’ve owned a kiosk myself for a long time and I know damn well what is and isn’t allowed. My boss was annoyed that I knew how things should be done and by the fact that I spoke out about every violation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED

  • Lakikaveri is a legal service intended for the members of YTK Association, through which members receive legal assistance on questions and problems related to their employment or public-service employment relationship. Lakikaveri service also helps managing directors who are members of the YTK Association.

    The Lakikaveri service includes investigation services by a personal lawyer, legal helpline, an extensive employment knowledge bank, chatbot and legal expenses insurance. 

  • At the beginning of 2022, legal services for members of the YTK Association expanded significantly with the launch of the Lakikaveri service. Lakikaveri is an all-inclusive legal advice service for employees, featuring an extensive knowledge bank, chatbot, legal helpline and legal expenses insurance, which were already previously included in the membership. The latest addition is a personal investigation service by a lawyer specialised in employment issues.

    This means that a lawyer from the OpusLex network of attorneys can accept an assignment related to a problem that a member has with their employment relationship, such as unpaid wages or salaries or questions about dismissal. The lawyer investigates whether the employer has violated the law and escalates the matter if needed. The purpose is to allow the parties to negotiate on an equal footing and settle the matter. If this is not possible, the case may be taken to court, at which point the costs may be covered by legal expenses insurance. 

  • The Lakikaveri service is included in YTK Association's membership fee, which is 22 € in 2022. If the case needs to be settled in court, you can claim compensation for the legal costs and court fees from the legal expenses insurance included in the Lakikaveri service.

  • The Lakikaveri service is intended for all members of the YTK Association and is included in the membership fee. Lakikaveri service also helps managing directors who are members of the YTK Association.

    Our legal helpline, online knowledge banks and chatbot are available to you as soon as you join as a member. The personal legal investigation service is available to you when you have been a member of YTK Association for at least six months before the start of the chain of events requiring investigation and if the event began in 2021 at the earliest. The terms of the legal expenses insurance are determined by the insurance company. 

  • The Lakikaveri service includes investigation services by a personal lawyer, legal helpline, an extensive employment knowledge bank, chatbot and legal expenses insurance.

    Launched in early 2022, the personal legal investigation service covers the preliminary investigation of legal questions and issues related to employment and public-service employment relationships by lawyers of the OpusLex network of attorneys. This can include, for example, investigation of the case and drafting of documents. The service also helps managing directors who are members of the YTK Association. Events that have occurred before 2021 cannot be admitted for investigation. In addition, you need to have been a member of YTK Association for at least six months before the chain of events requiring investigation began. 

    You can call our helpline in any questions related to your employment or public-service employment relationship as soon as you are a member of YTK Association. Lawyers from the OpusLex network will answer your call. On the phone, you can receive assistance in situations where the lawyer does not need to review documents or other materials. If necessary, the lawyer can refer you to the personal legal investigation service.

    In the comprehensive information package on YTK Association’s website, you can find information on various working life situations, such as payment of salaries, employment contracts, annual holidays, working hours, etc. Our chatbot Sulo also assists you in employment-related issues online.

    Legal expenses insurance covers civil and criminal cases related to employment and public-service employment relationships. The terms of the legal expenses insurance are determined by the insurance company.

  • Members of the YTK Association who have a problem related to their employment relationship for which they need a lawyer’s opinion and support can call the helpline for employment advice. If the advice given in the helpline is not sufficient, a lawyer will find out whether the matter can be covered by the personal investigation service. If this is the case, the lawyer checks with YTK Association that the member has the right to the service and asks the member for the necessary consents to handle the matter.

    Once the lawyer has received the necessary consents, the investigation will commence. The lawyer will review the details of the case and progress the matter as required by the situation. Often, the investigation is enough to resolve the matter but if this is not possible, the case may be taken to court through legal expenses insurance.

  • If the matter cannot be resolved by phone counselling or the personal investigation service, the lawyer of the Lakikaveri service can ask the insurance company whether handling the case through legal proceedings is covered by the legal expenses insurance. If this is not the case, the case may be abandoned or continued in administrative proceedings, for example. 

  • Lawyers of the Lakikaveri service are part of the OpusLex network of law firms. The network consists of about 60 lawyers specialising in employment-related issues in 22 locations around Finland. Usually, the lawyer is determined based on your location and cannot be chosen by the member. 

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