Basics of Labour Law and Payroll Administration

Structure Type: Course
Code: TIA0104
Type: Compulsory
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 3.0 points
Responsible Teacher: a
Teacher Team: Kallenberg, Niklas
Language of Instruction: English

Course Implementations, Planned Year of Study and Semester

Curriculum  Semester  Credits  Start of Semester  End of Semester
T-IB-2009   2 spring   3.0   2011-01-05   2011-06-17  
T-IB-2010   2 spring   3.0   2012-01-09   2012-06-18  
T-IB-2011   2 spring   3.0   2013-01-05   2013-06-18  
T-IB-2012   2 spring   3.0        
T-IB-2013   2 spring   3.0        
IB-2014   2 spring   3.0        
IB-2015   2 spring   3.0        
IB-2016   2 spring   3.0        
IB-2017   2 spring   3.0        

Learning Outcomes

The introduction to Finnish legislation will give the student a basic knowledge of the Labour laws. The student gets acquainted with the partners in connection with employment contract and understands the obligations in relation to it. The course will also familiarise the student with the collective agreements.
The student should further understand the importance of payroll administration as part of the operations of the business entity and be able to conduct tasks related to payroll administration by using information technology.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course: 81 h
- of which scheduled studies: 40 h
- of which autonomous studies: 41 h
The assesment of student's own learning 1 h is included in contact lessons.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Introduction to Contract Law and Obligations.


The laws of employment contract, working hours, annual leave, collective agreements, labour protection and social security. PAYE tax, social security fee, statutory insurances, working hours, holiday, expenses compensation, fringe benefits, use of payroll accounting software.


The student will understand the difference between national legislation and the international legislation ja the EU.

Recommended or Required Reading

- Material in Moodle
- Legislation in force
- Äimälä. M, Åström. J, Rautiainen.H, Nyyssölä. M: Finnish Labour Law in Practice (2009)
- Internet pages of the Tax office.
- Other material informed by the lecturer at the beginning of the course.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, project learning, group work, self-studies and presentations.

Assessment Criteria

level 5
- give reasons for solutions made when acting in tasks of an expert
- use independently various problem solving methods
- apply the professional ethical principles

level 3
take into account the responsibilities and obligations connected with the utilisation of information (e.g. copyrights and plagiarism)
– utilise the problem-solving methods learnt during the study unit
- find the essential parts of the problem

level 1
- recognise the area of expertise in his/her field
- utilise the problem-solving methods dealt with during the study unit when given guidance
- has a positive attitude towards developing
- identify the values of the field and the professional ethical principles

Assessment Methods

Assignments and a written exam. Numerical (0-5).