Murupolku - Usein kysytty kysymys - EN

We are a non-profit association and we are concluding an agreement on subcontracting. Does the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out apply to us as a contractor?

Contractor's obligations and liability

The Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out also applies to a non-profit association as a contractor, if the association has a permanent place of business for engaging in trade or employs at least one employee. A contractor may be a business required by law to submit a notification on starting business operations to the Trade Register:

  • general partnership company
  • limited partnership company
  • limited company (also a housing company or a real estate company)
  • co-operative
  • private trader who is engaged in business activities requiring licence or approval (section 3 of the law on the right to conduct business indicates these activities) or who has a permanent place of business for conducting such business, such as a separate office space from their dwelling, or who employs another person than their spouse or the entrepreneur’s child or grandchild who is a minor or otherwise under guardianship
  • mutual insurance company
  • savings bank
  • mortgage corporation
  • non-profit association or foundation, if it has a permanent place of business for engaging in trade or employs at least one employee
  • pool schemes
  • state-owned undertaking
  • right-of-occupancy corporation
  • foreign trader who is establishing a branch in Finland
  • a European financial association of common interests and an association of common interests registered elsewhere who are establishing an office in Finland
  • a European company and a European Cooperative Society.

An equivalent foreign company is also a contractor.

The central government, local authorities, joint municipal authorities, the Province of Åland, a local authority or joint municipal authority in Åland, a parish, a parish union, any other religious community and any other legal person governed by public law may also be a contractor.

Self-employed persons engaged in farming/fishing or households are not considered to be contractors for the purposes of the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out.

17 Oct 2023