Permission for and Notification of a Secondary Occupation
The prohibition to engage in competing activity is based on the Employment Contracts Act (Chapter 3, Section 3). Due to the change in the legal status of the Finnish universities, the secondary occupations of the staff are evaluated from the viewpoint of competing activity. If an employee intends to attend to his or her secondary occupation on working time, the employee needs to obtain the university's permission (secondary occupation permission). By notifying the employer of a secondary occupation, the employee can ensure that his or her secondary occupation does not involve competing activity which thus would be in violation of the obligations of the Employment Contracts Act (Chapter 3, Section 3).