NJORD in Estonia explains: An employer has the right to suspend a problematic employee!
It’s not a rare case that an enjoyable work atmosphere is disrupted by an employee, who, for one reason or another, frustrates their co-workers. And yet, there may not be any grounds for terminating the employment contract.
To restore a peaceful workplace environment, it’s sometimes necessary to suspend the problematic employee. Then again, it is the employer’s obligation to ensure work for all employees. The Employment Act does not give specific directions to deal with a situation like that… but… the court has found that in certain situations the employer has the right to suspend the employee.
Recently a court decision was finalized where the parties argued over the same matter. The employer decided to suspend the employee (asked the employee not to come in) while paying a salary for the time of suspension. Since the employee regarded employers decision as unlawful, court had to make the final judgement.
The court found that these kind of situations are not regulated by law, but all things considered, especially the fact that the employee did not suffer any monetary damages during that time, such conduct of the employer was in fact allowed (justified).
During the first half of every year, all companies are working hard to submit their annual reports. Annual reports must be submitted within six months after the fiscal year has ended. The submission deadline is usually June 30. Since the management board of a company must assemble all shareholders or stockholders at least once a year to approve the annual report, the following topics should be considered under the Estonian law.
For a long time, the legal position for combined carriage of goods by road has been more or less unclear. The Danish Transport, Building and Housing Authority has however recently issued an executive order implementing the rules of the so-called 'Combi Directive' (EU Directive 92/106). The executive order will come into force on July 1, 2018. In addition to implementing the directive, the executive order contains some 'new' rules that will clarify to what extent it is possible for foreign carriers to perform combined transport to and from Denmark.
Travelling in Nordic countries during summer time might trigger your Estonian entrepreneurial mind to start thinking about how to reach these neighbouring markets with your products and services. Great! But, before you start, make sure to do your homework and do not expect anything to happen during the period starting from Midsummer until mid-August, as summer is long and lazy for our dear neighbours.