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Labour Law

Labour Law

Code: FES3RB011D

Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)

Timing: spring semester

Language: Finnish

Level: Advanced professional studies

Type: compulsory


Commercial Law must be completed.  This course is part of Customer Oriented Development.

Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide a basic foundation in Finnish employment law, collective agreement system and employment-related social security.

After successful completion of the course student will

• understand Finnish labour legislation and the role of collective agreements

• know how to solve work-related juridical problems and conclude employment contracts

• have skills to manage work force

• develop a legal mindset

Course contents

• Employment Agreement Act

• Collective agreements

• Working time regulations

• Annual Holidays Act

• Occupational safety and principles of social security

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations

Labour Law consists of co-operating with own and other international students’ working places.

An assignment/a project will be completed among the international participants of the course, which will be study comparing international labor law aspects.

Teaching and learning methods

The course can be completed by both contact-learning and independent-learning orientations

a) Contact-learning orientation: full-time students

Contact teaching and group presentation 24 h

Independent study   57 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

b) Independent-learning orientation: part-time students

Contact teaching and exam 12 h

Independent study 69 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
The required skills and competences can be demonstrated by a skills examination.

Teacher/s with the main responsibility for the course


Course materials

Äimälä, Åström, Rautiainen, Nyyssölä: Finnish Labour Law in Practice, WSOY 2009 or 2012
Case studies in lessons and additional material given by the lecturer.

Exam 80%

Assignment 20%

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.

Assessment criteria

Grade 1

• The student is able to identify the different fields covered by labour law norms in Finland
• The student is able to understand basic labour law concepts
• The student is able to know the basics of concluding  an employment contract and termination thereof

Grade 3

• The student is able to understand the system of collective agreements, general applicability and find labour law information from relevant collective agreements
• The student is able to identify the different situations when an employment contract can be legally terminated
• The student knows the relevant working hours rules in the field

Grade 5

• The student is further able to deal with different legal issues arising in connection with human resource management/managerial duties, including the hiring processes, social security and termination situations.