Employment Agreement

December 23rd, 2016, by Erik Byrenius

One might think that employments is one of those few areas where standard agreements already exist. I thought so too. Swedish law is pretty strict on what can and cannot be agreed between employer and employee, there are lots of legal precedent cases and the unions are strong in Sweden.

However, after hiring quite some people, I realized that not even lawyers agree on what a normal employment contract (anställningsavtal) looks like in Sweden. Some areas are especially debatable, like non-competition clauses. It turns out that most lawyers I’ve talked to refer to a standard from 1969. But most lawyers don’t know about all legal precedents by Arbetsdomstolen since then, and few have adapted to the new agreement from 2015 between Svenskt Näringsliv (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise) and PTK (Swedish collaborative organization for 26 unions).

To all employers, to all employees and to all labor lawyers out there – unite! I’m proud to present to you four different templates for Swedish employment agreements:

As always, the information and documents published here are intended for general information purposes only. When using the documents, in case of doubt, always consult with legal expertise before signing.

/Erik Byrenius

 

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