Deregulatory measures at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Taking steps to reduce excessive regulation is one of the key projects of the Government. It aims to make everyday life easier for people and businesses through lighter and reformed regulation.

As part of this process of reducing excessive regulation, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

  • has repealed the Act on Opening Hours of the Retail Trade and Barbers and Hairdressers (press release 30 December 2015)
  • has reduced accounting obligations for small businesses
  • has included in annual leave of five weeks or longer a personal contribution period for sickness during annual leave (press release 1 April 2016).

Parliament is currently considering, or will consider later this year, 13 legislative proposals that seek to

  • streamline gold panning
  • raise thresholds for competitive tendering
  • lengthen the probationary period for employees, ease the obligation to re-employ workers, and remove the obligation to state reasons for hiring fixed-term employees
  • amend the unemployment security legislation to enable the use of unemployment benefits for promoting employment i.e to cover funding of start-up grants, wage subsidies and mobility allowances (press release 18 April 2016).

The Ministry is also constantly exploring new possibilities to reduce regulation and is currently examining, for example

  • the role of administration audits in the auditing process and the effects of raising the auditing thresholds
  • in connection with the overhaul of the Working Hours Act, the possibility of using notification procedures instead of special permits in respect of working hours in period-based work, and notification procedures instead of permits in respect of night work and change of shifts; these amendments would come into force on 1 January 2018 at the latest.

In addition, the Ministry has examined all authorisation and notification requirements in its administrative branch, and then carried out a number of deregulatory measures of a more technical nature. These measures have been smaller and they have had only a minor impact on the regulatory burden.