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Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The year 2021 has already brought and will continue to bring amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (hereinafter OHSA) and it is worth keeping in mind the dates of 1 March and 1 September. However, the main keywords are modernity and the reduction of the administrative burden for employers, and we can point this out in the case of the updated OHSA. It should be said, however, that for employers who operate in accordance with the OHSA in their working environment and know what needs to be done to look after the health of their employees and have control over the health and...

COVID-19 ABC at the workplace: what to do if you have been exposed to the coronavirus and suspect infection

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that spreads from person to person through droplets, mainly in close contact* with an infected person. The risk of COVID-19 spread is higher in closed, crowded, and poorly ventilated rooms. The objective of these instructions is to guide employers and employees on how to ensure a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee has had an encounter with a potentially contagious person From the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important that an employee who has been in close contact* with a potentially...

Amendments to better protect the rights of posted workers enter into force

On 30 July, amendments that will ensure better protection of the rights of employees posted to Estonia will enter into force. The working conditions of posted workers working in Estonia will be specified more precisely and a regulation for long-term employment will be introduced. Employers are obligated to keep the information provided on posted workers up to date. The concept of ‘a posted worker’ is governed by Directive 96/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. A posted worker is an employee...

The Labour Inspectorate is returning to its regular organisation of work

The Labour Inspectorate has continued to operate in a limited extent throughout the entire emergency situation. From 18 May, the regular organisation of work will resume, with the exception of consultations still not being provided in the offices. The Labour Inspectorate continued to advise parties of employment relationships throughout the entire emergency situation. The number of calls multiplied and during the first three weeks of the emergency situation, seven times more calls were made to the consultation line than usual. The number of calls has now stabilised, but there are still...

Labour Dispute Committe hearings in April

The Labour Inspectorate is considering various possibilities on how to arrange the Labour Dispute Committe hearings in a manner that guarantees the safety of all participants. We are also looking for means to conduct the hearings via a video bridge. Only such hearings, which can be conducted safely, will take place in April. The Labour Dispute Committe will contact all involved parties and give further details, whether the hearing will take place or be postponed.

The Labour Inspectorate gives advice on how to organise work in a safer way

The Labour Inspectorate’s hotline, 640 6000, is open to all employees and employers who have questions about making the working environment safer against the coronavirus. The number of calls to the Labour Inspectorate’s hotline has increased several times in recent days. Most questions are about employment relationships during the emergency situation. Answers to frequently asked questions are available at There are also many concerns about the working environment. We encourage employers to contact us if you need advice on...

Legal counseling and Labour Dispute Committe hearings have been cancelled

Due to the state of emergency, all hearings of the Labour Dispute Committe between 17.03. and 31.03. have been cancelled. The committee will contact all parties involved and give further details on the proceedings. Applications to the committe can still be presented as usual.

What can I do as an entrepreneur to protect my staff and customers during the period of viruses?

We would like to call all employers to prevent the spread of viral diseases. This applies both to the novel corona virus, the flu and all other viral diseases. Download the PDF here, which you can print out and present in a public location for all to read. Source: The Health Board of Estonia

The Labour Inspectorate invites all employers to participate in the development of a self-service for the working environment

The Labour Inspectorate is in the process of creating an information system, a part of which is a self-service for entrepreneurs to solve working environment concerns. The Inspectorate invites all interested companies to think along and make their wishes and suggestions at The purpose of the working life information system created by the Labour Inspectorate is to simplify the work of the entrepreneur and reduce the administrative burden when dealing with the working environment. The information system is created in close cooperation with companies. The working life...

The consultation hours of the lawyers will be changed in Tallinn and Narva

Startung from February 2019 the consultation service of the lawyers in Tallinn will be on Mondays and Thursdays, and on every Tuesday in Narva. Starting from the 4th of February, the lawyers in Tallinn will be available every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. In Narva the consultation takes place every Tuesday between 9:00-12:30 and 13:00-15:30. The counseling times in other towns remain unchanged.  The Labour Inpsectorate provides regular counseling in Tallinn, Jõhvi, Narva, Tartu and Pärnu. In Valga, Võru, Viljandi, Rakvere, Kuressaare and Haapsalu, counseling...