Impact of the coronavirus on the employee’s family
According to the recommendations issued by the Finnish Government 12 March 2020, children, young people and students returning from areas affected by the epidemic must agree on the date of returning to their day care centres and educational institutions and on their absence (two weeks) with the service or education provider. If an employee has to be absent from work due to the quarantine of a family member, for example, they must agree on remote work or absence with their employer.
According to the Finnish Employment Contracts Act, employees shall be entitled to temporary absence from work if their immediate presence is necessary because of an unforeseeable and compelling reason due to an illness or accident suffered by their family. The employee’s child’s day care centre being closed due to the coronavirus, for example, constitutes such a reason, even if the employee’s child is not infected or placed in quarantine.