You can report potential violations relating to the working environment and employment relationships:
- by phone to 640 6000 on weekdays 09:00-16:30
- or by email to [email protected]
When submitting a tip-off, please describe the circumstances, time and place of the violation and, if possible, all the information regarding the people and enterprises involved in the case
If the person submitting the tip is an employee of the company, please also describe whether and how the employer has already been informed of the deficiency - for example, whether the employer, direct supervisor and/or working environment specialist have been contacted, whether the problem has been discussed with the working environment representative.
We emphasize that when dealing with a tip, the Labor Inspectorate is primarily interested in whether the employer is aware of the deficiency and whether they have had the opportunity to resolve the deficiency.
The person’s details who sent the tip-off will not be disclosed to third parties, including the employer. If possible, please include your contact information, so that if we need further details, we will be able to contact you. If desired, the tip can also be sent completely anonymously, but then the Labor Inspectorate has no way to specify any further details.
In order to receive feedback on the processing of the tip-off and its results, you can submit a request for information to the Labour Inspectorate. To submit a request for information, please write to [email protected] or submit the request for information electronically. As a rule, we respond to requests for information within five working days, but depending on the amount of information requested, it may take up to 15 working days to provide an answer. We will inform you about the extension of the time limit for reply and the reason of thereof.
Information that does not fall into our competence will be forwarded to the appropriate authority.
The Labour Inspectorate's supervisory powers under the Employment Contracts Act (TLS):
- Notification of employee of working conditions (subsection 1 of § 5 of TLS)
- Failure to provide data even after receipt of such a request (subsection 3 of § 5 of TLS).
- Obligation to notify an employee working under a fixed-term employment contract of the option to enter into an employment contract for an unspecified term; obligation to notify an employee who is performing duties by way of temporary agency work of vacant positions in the user undertaking; obligation to notify a full-time employee of the possibility of part-time work and vice versa (TLS).
- Work suitable for a minor (§ 7 of TLS)
- The minor’s expression of will and prior consent of a legal representative (subsections 1 and 9 of § 8 of TLS).
- Minors working for more than a half of each term of the school holiday. (subsection 2 of § 8 of TLS)
- Entry of a minor of 7–14 years of age in and submission of data to the employment register 10 days before commencement of work (subsections 3 and 8 of § 8 of TLS).
- Agreement on the payment of wages (subsection 3 of § 29 of TLS)
- Agreement to pay gross (not net) wages (subsection 3 of § 29 of TLS)
- Agreement on payment of wages at least once a month, unless a shorter period has been agreed (subsection 1 of § 33 of TLS).
- Agreement on working time (numerical) and keeping account of working time (subsections 1 to 3 of § 43 of TLS )
- Working time of educational staff (subsection 6 of § 43 of TLS)
- Adhering to the variable hours agreement in retail (§ 431 of TLS)
- Restriction on overtime work (minors, educational staff, pregnant women and workers entitled to maternity leave) (subsections 2, 3, 5 of § 44 of TLS).
- Compensation for overtime work (subsections 6 to 7 of § 44 of TLS)
- Compensation for night work and work done on public holiday (TLS § 45)
- Limit on time for performing work (on average 48 to 52 hours per a period of seven days over a calculation period of up to four months (in exception 12 months), obligation to keep records for an average of 49 to 52 hours (subsections 1 to 3 and 5 of § 46 of TLS).
- 30-minute break after working for more than 6 hours (4.5 hours for minors) (subsections 2 and 3 of § 47 of TLS).
- On-call time agreement and its remuneration (subsections 1 and 2 of § 48 of TLS).
- Working time during a quarter of an academic year and during school holidays by age group, taking into account the age of a minor who is subject to the obligation to attend school (subsections 4-42 of § 43 of TLS)
- Application of summarised working time in violation of a minor's working time or working time limit (subsection 5 of § 43 of TLS).
- Prohibition for an employee who is under 15 years of age and subject to the obligation to attend school to perform work from 20:00 to 6:00 (22.00 to 6.00 for an employee who is 15–17 years of age and not subject to the obligation to attend school) (clauses 1 and 2 of subsection 1 of § 49 of TLS). Shall not apply if an employee who is a minor performs light work in the field of culture, the arts, sports or advertising under the supervision of an adult from 20:00 to 24:00 (subsection 2 of § 49 of TLS)
- Prohibition to perform work immediately before the start of a school day (subsection 3 of § 49 of TLS).
- Consecutive rest time during a quarter of an academic year and school holidays by age group and taking into account the young person's obligation to attend school (subsection 2 of § 51 of TLS).
- Restriction for a night workers to work on average more than eight hours over a period of 24 hours over a calculation period of seven days, from which the 24-hour period of weekly rest time is excluded (subsections 1 and 3 of § 50 of TLS)
- Restriction on night workers performing health-affecting work to work more than eight hours over a period of 24 hours (subsection 2 of § 50 of TLS).
- Exceptions to the above restrictions and the conditions thereof. Even in the case of an exception, the working time shall not exceed a maximum of 48 hours per a period of seven days over a calculation period of up to four months, unless a different calculation period has been provided by law (subsection 4 of § 50 of TLS)
- 48 hours of consecutive rest time in a week (subsection 1 of § 52 of TLS)
- Weekly rest time for summarised working time shall be at least 36 consecutive hours (subsection 2 of § 52 of TLS).
- Reduction of working time by three hours on 23.02, 22.06, 23.12 and 31.12 (§ 53 of TLS).
- Daily rest period, consecutive, with exceptions. (subsections 1, 3, 4 of § 51 of TLS)
- Obligation to grant additional time off for working days of more than 13 hours (subsection 5 of § 51 of TLS).
- Dividing the rest time into portions (subsection 6 of § 51 of TLS)
- Obligation to consult before collective redundancies (subsection 1 of § 101 of TLS)
- Provision of information on the proposed redundancy to the trustee/employees in a format reproducible in writing (subsection 2 of § 101 of TLS).
- Forwarding a transcript of the data on the planned redundancies to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (subsection 3 of § 101 of TLS)
- Submission of the data on the redundancies and consultation to the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and the trustee/employees (subsections 1 and 2 of § 102 of TLS).
- Obligation to submit a notice of transfer to the employees at least before the transfer of enterprise (providing information). (subsection 1 of § 113 of TLS)
- Consultation of employees prior to the transfer of enterprise (subsection 2 of § 113 of TLS).
The Labour Inspectorate does not exercise supervision over:
- agreements (duty to maintain confidentiality, agreement to provide training, agreement on proprietary liability, contractual penalties, etc.);
- granting, use and reimbursement of various types of holidays and leaves;
- approval of certificates of incapacity for work and payment of sickness benefits;
- payment of bonuses, allowances, etc;
- reduction of wages;
- provision of free time;
- outstanding final settlements;
- set-off of wages and remuneration;
- submission of salary statements;
- equal treatment and discrimination;
- processing of personal data (including the use of cameras);
- cancellation of employment relationships (except collective redundancy procedures), etc.
Where possible, breaches of contract that do not fall within the scope of the Labour Inspectorate's supervisory powers and disputes arising from the employment relationship between the employee and the employer are settled by agreement between the parties. If the parties fail to reach an agreement, they have the right to refer the dispute to a labour dispute body (a labour dispute committee or a court) for settlement.
Last updated: 25.04.2023