Employees who are less than 18 years old are regarded as young employees. Young employees are protected by the Law for young employees (998/1993). The law is meant for protecting young people from excessive work strain.
Young employees in Suomen Suoramainonta – chain
Suomen Suoramainonta -chain’s distribution companies are proud to offer young people the chance to get familiarized with working life. Young employees have traditionally been an important part of all employees in the areal separate distribution field. As the Finnish service sector is developing, distribution work competes over young employees more and more with fast food restaurants and retail shops. Young employees are being employed to the service sector more earlier after their distribution work career.
Working experience from the separate distribution field proves that the youngster can take responsibility in a task that requires accuracy, independent performance and physical health. In addition to a working certificate, a lot of young people get their first references for future job applications from us.
We take all legal obligations into account as the employer of young people. We give instructions for lifting heavy loads properly considering different weight limits, and we help young employees to measure the time they spend at work according to current regulations. We give responsibility and guide young employees in the rules of working life.
We acknowledge our role as the first place of employment for many young people. An especially comprehensive familiarization material as an introduction to the work is the basis of our procedure. A printed guide for distribution workers will give also the parents of a young employee all necessary information about the customs that are used in distribution companies.
Important information for the parents of 13 to 14 years old youngsters
Distribution work may be started at the earliest during that calendar year when a person turns 14. According to the law youngsters aged 13 to 14 years may execute light work, which does not harm their health or development nor does cause a disadvantage to school work. Up to half of school holidays may be used for working according to the law and during the school year occasional or otherwise short-term work may be executed.
Distribution work twice a week applies well in every way to these requirements. Newspaper and advertisement distribution is mentioned in the regulation by the social- and health ministry (189/2012) as an example of suitable, light work for young people.
Working time for employees less than 15 years of age must be set between 8 AM and 8 PM. On school days the work may take two hours at maximum. Distribution work is executed outside the working place and does not apply to working time monitoring. For these reasons young employees are informed to pre-sort the distribution products one day prior to distribution. They are also asked to notify their superior, if there are changes in the given distribution area which influence the youngster’s ability to execute the work within the limits of law and regulations. We are happy to co-operate with parents and guardians to ensure no disruptions in school work caused by distribution work.
Information about employees 15 to 18 years old
A young person who has turned 15 and has fulfilled compulsory education may be employed into a permanent employee and they may work as much as an adult.
15 years old employee has the permission to make and terminate their own working agreement. As for the 13 to 14 years old the working agreement must be made by the guardian, or the young person himself/herself with the permission of the guardian. In this case the permission is verified by the guardian’s signature.
We register the names and contact information of the parents of all our young employees for the listing of young employees, which is demanded by the law. Asking contact information in the working agreement improves on the reliability that parents are always aware of the making of a working agreement.
Guardians have the right to terminate a young employee’s working agreement, should they see that it is necessary for the sake of the youngster’s parenting, development or health.
In many other fields it is common, that the salary schoolchildren are paid is on average 70 – 90 % of the lowest chart salary according to the collective labor agreement. It would be against the values of the areal separate distribution field, if young employees were paid less salary than grownups. Every employee is paid a salary according to the normally binding collective labor agreement for unaddressed separate distribution.
Health check, occupational health care and insurance
As described in the law, distribution work is light work comparable to light shop- or office work, which does not require a separate health check at the start of employment. Our occupational health care covers statutory services. Our employees are insured in case of accidents during work.
If you have any other questions, you can always call us or send an e-mail. Contact information to each local distribution company is listed in the contact details.