Labour Law

Labour law is considered to contain the norms of the legal system which concern work made during an employment or which are related to it. Employment usually means a contract-based private legal relationship between an employer and an employee, where the employee works for the employer under the employer’s management and supervision in exchange for payment. The most fundamental fields of labour law are individual and collective labour law. Social security law is also closely related to it. The amount, diversity, importance, and area of effectiveness of legal norms in labour law have increased with time and the increase in regulation activities of the European Union.

The discipline of labour law produces many study modules belonging to the Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees, and also offers other education. The teachers supervise many Bachelor's and Master's theses. Postgraduate studies and postgraduate student guidance are also a part of their duties.

The discipline actively invests in the activities of the multidisciplinary Turku Centre for Labour Studies (TCLS) and has been responsible for its functioning. The discipline of labour law in Turku also produces many study modules for the study programme on working life and HR studies (Tehy), and participates in its management.

The central fields of study and expertise in the discipline are the general doctrines of labour law, the systems of norms, bargaining and involvement in labour law as well as local bargaining. The discipline does research on labour law and the norm guidance of working life especially in externally funded projects, such as the current research project ‘Contracts as protectors of working peace and terms and conditions’ (“Sopimukset työrauhan ja työehtojen turvaajana”; “Prometheus-project”), which has been funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund.