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Entrepreneur Petri Vilén employs 7 people at his Helsinki based company Bolder
Photo: Bolder


Making art in a team can lead to a situation, where the characteristics of employment are met and the artist or creative worker finds herself or himself in a situation of having to bear the responsibilities of the employer for the others. Labour legislation protects employees strongly and sets financial and legal obligations for the employer. The creation of an employment relationship should always be discussed, and if it is found that employment is an appropriate way to carry out a project; all relevant agreements should be made in writing.

Employment legislation and the generally binding agreements should be observed.  For example, collective labour agreements for the field generally define the payment of wages, so that even a written agreement is rendered null and void, if it doesn't agree to conditions at least as favourable as those guaranteed by the collective agreement.  An employee may recover their financial interests in accordance with the generally binding collective agreement even after the employment relationship and will be able to receive help for this from the authorities. A collective labour agreement may also contain provisions regarding copyright. This is the case, for example, in some of TeMe's collective agreements. [1] If you are in the position of an employer or employee, please familiarize with your field's collective agreements.

Notes and References

[1] TeMe's Collective agreements