New Working Time Act in a nutshell

The new Working Time Act (872/2019) entered into force on 1 January 2020.

The new Working Time Act caters to changes in the labour market and working life, such as the growing popularity of time and location independent working. The new Working Time Act provides workplaces with tools for individual working hours solutions such as more adaptive arrangements regarding flexitime, flexible working hours and the introduction of a working time account. The reform also caters to the requirements of the Working Time Directive and its interpretations.

On this page, you will find the key points of the new Working Time Act with notes on material changes compared with the previous Act. The summary was prepared by Tarja Kröger, Senior Ministerial Adviser to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment