Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Estonia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Estonia: Where child labour has never ceased

In most western countries there is a general prohibition on employing young people under a specified age (except for sport, acting and other artistic purposes), with or without permission from a parent or guardian …

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Estonia: Facility for extended ‘on-call’ time

Until such time as a general overhaul of the EU Working Time Directive takes place, there will always be a clear distinction between working time and non-working time …

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Estonia: Foreign assignments

Those short business trips abroad that do not constitute ‘posted work’ are subject to a minimum daily pay allowance, plus all expenses connected with the trip …

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Estonia: Recent pay trends (Q4 2023)

Over the year to Q4 2023, average monthly gross pay increased by 9 …

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Estonia: Weekly working time changes still not universally observed

In March 2023 the European Court of Justice ruled in case C-477/21 that daily and weekly rest periods must not be taken at the same time, but consecutively …

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Estonia: Parental leave is now available to registered partner

Parental leave is now available to registered partners and not just to married couples …

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Estonia: Tax equalization

Changes have been made to the Social Tax Act and Income Tax Act to ensure that the same tax treatment applies for pregnant employees as those who are not pregnant during the second to eighth day of sickness absence …

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Estonia: Q3 2023 Pay data

Over the year to Q3 2023, average gross monthly pay increased by 10 …

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Estonia: 2% rise in income tax rates and end to dividends concession

The standard flat rate of income tax on individuals will rise from 20% to 22% in 2025 …

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Estonia: Posted worker notifications now to be filed via an online portal

Previously, posted worker notifications (PWNs) were filed via emailing a registration form to the Labour Inspectorate …

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Estonia: Future reference levels agreed for the minimum wage (2024-2027)

A tripartite agreement between trade unions, employers and the Estonian government has set the minimum wage to 42 …

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Estonia: Can the economy pull out of its current downward spiral

The Estonian economy contracted in real terms by 3 …

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Estonia: ‘Next of kin’ may now be same-sex spouse

The national parliament has just passed a Bill legalizing same-sex marriage …

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Estonia: Proof of funds for short-term employment under the D visa

A new minimum fee has been set at €1,200 (US$1,300 …

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Estonia: Transposition of EU Directive 2019/1152

The government has finally transposed the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions into domestic legislation …

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