As of 1 January 2017, employers in Finland are required to have a non-discrimination plan in place. This is a new duty imposed on all employers that regularly employ at least 30 employees. The plan must comprise measures to promote equality (Non-Discrimination Act 1325/2014, as amended). If an employer fails to prepare the plan (or fails to comply with the rules in any other respect), the Occupational Safety and Health Authority can order the employer to prepare or amend the plan and impose a fine if the employer fails to comply with the Authority's instructions.
The non-discrimination plan should be drawn up based on the employer's assessment of the status of equality in the workplace. The assessment should cover all grounds for discrimination prohibited in the Non-Discrimination Act, such as discrimination on the basis of age, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relations, health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. Please note that this plan is different from the equality plan that you probably already have in place. An equality plan focuses on promoting equality between men and women.