The main tasks of the Labour Inspectorate are the implementation of work environment policy, state supervision over compliance with the requirements of legislation on occupational health and safety and employment relations in the working environment, informing the public, employees and employers about the dangers of the work environment and resolving labor disputes in an extrajudicial labor dispute body.
The Labour Inspectorate performs state supervision of the conditions of employment of posted workers in Estonia and responds to reasoned requests for information about laws, other legal acts, and extended collective agreements that apply to posted workers. In addition, the Labour Inspectorate manages the exchange of information with other EU member states.
The Labour Inspectorate provides free counselling services to both employees and employers. If you have any questions regarding the registration of employees posted to Estonia or the working conditions of employees posted to Estonia, you can contact a counselling lawyer or work environment consultant of the Labour Inspectorate. The counselling lawyer answers questions related to employment relations, the work environment consultant answers questions related to work environment safety and occupational health.
The Labour Inspectorate currently provides counselling services by telephone (+372 640 6000) and via e-mail ([email protected]). The counselling lawyers and work environment consultants can be contacted in Estonian, English and Russian. In order to receive an answer in English or Russian, please indicate the preferred language in your request.
The counselling service of the Labour Inspectorate is free of charge.
In addition to the Labour Inspectorate, the following state agencies also deal with the issues of posted workers in their respective spheres of competence:
- social insurance matters – National Social Insurance Board
- health insurance – Estonian Health Insurance Fund
- taxation – Estonian Tax and Customs Board
- migration matters – Police and Border Guard Board, customer information: +372 612 3000, migration consultants: +372 612 3500.
Useful information about conditions of employment and residence abroad is provided by the European jobs network EURES (European Employment Services). More information can be found on the EURES websites http://europa.eu/eures and www.eures.ee.
Counselling services are provided by the following agencies:
- Integration Foundation – counselling, information about integration, and immersion courses on language and culture. See also the foundation’s counselling web;
- Estonian Refugee Council – support services to beneficiaries of international protection;
- Innove Foundation – counselling for language studies, preparation for citizenship examinations, and educational staff;
- Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund – counselling for unemployed and employed persons, psychological, debt and addiction counselling
Posting information of other countries
- Information fields in other countries are available on the official website of the European Union.
- More detailed information about requirements for the conditions of employment of posted workers is available from the liaison agency for posted workers of the destination country. Contact details of foreign embassies can be found HERE.
- Liaison offices for posted workers in other countries can be found HERE.
Last updated: 22.08.2022