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Estonian Employment Law Conference

An employment law conference, Three Years of New Employment Contracts Act, jointly organised by daily financial newspaper Äripäev (Bonnier Group) and law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE was held on 29 May. Almost a hundred HR managers, CEOs and chief accountants attended the conference.

At the conference, issues related to the implementation of the Employment Contracts Act that took effect in July 2009 were analysed. The conference was mainly addressed to employers who were given an excellent overview of topical issues concerning the Act. Minister of Social Affairs, Hanno Pevkur, spoke on how the state could help employers. Aule Kindsigo from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board made a presentation on tax issues in work relations. Niina Siitamfrom the Labour Inspectorate outlined the most common mistakes employers make when cancelling an employment contract and Gaabriel Tavits from the University of Tartu analysed the new Employment Contracts Act from an academic point of view. TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE partner Toomas Taube talked about major labour disputes settled by courts recently, senior associate Piret Luiga covered various aspects of intellectual property in employment, and associate Aidi Kallavus talked about different tax issues concerning employment contracts.