Working time and absences

Working hours

The annual work load for teaching and research personnel is 1,624 hours. An employee is responsible for his/her own working hours and its use for the tasks in the working plan. If necessary a superior and an employee will examine the implementation of the working plan and work results within the framework of the total work load during a term.

Each employee will prepare a working plan in cooperation with his/her superior each year. In preparing the working plan consideration will be given to the person's participation in teaching, research and other tasks. For professors the maximum for contact teaching is 142 hours during an academic year.

A unit's working plans should be coordinated so that each person in turn will have an opportunity for a research period free from teaching and administrative work.

The working plan should take into consideration longer leaves of absence that can have significance for the content of the working plan. If a new task that cannot be considered part of tasks according to the working plan is agreed in the middle of the academic year, the working plan must be changed in this respect.
 

Annual holiday

Those persons who are subject to the working time regulations for teaching and research personnel are subject to regulations concerning annual holiday in universities' collective agreement only with regard to holiday pay. Holiday pay is paid in connection with July salary. Holiday pay is determined according to the salary that the person in question receives in June.
 

Holiday pay for a salaried employee is:

• 4% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee has been employed by the present employer or another university for less than a year at the end of the year on which holiday pay is based.
• 5% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee has been employed by the same employer, another Finnish university or research institute comparable to a university or university hospital for at least a year.
• 6% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee before the beginning of the holiday period (no later than 31 May) has been in employment entitling the employee to holiday pay for at least fifteen years.

In calculating the 15-year employment period full-time employment will be taken into account:

1. in the service of the employing university
2. in the service of another Finnish university
3. in the service of the Finnish state, excluding time in military service or alternate service, crisis management and peacekeeping tasks or leave other than sick leave or family leave according to Chapter 4 section 1 of the Employment Contracts Act
4. in the service of another employer in Finland or abroad in tasks insofar as these are of essential benefit in performing the employee's tasks.

At the start of employment an employee must list previous work experience that the employee wants to be taken into account in granting annual holiday benefits.

Sick leave

An employee has the right to miss work if he/she is unable to perform tasks because of disability owing to sickness or a handicap or injury. The matter must be reported immediately to the employer.

The paid part of sick leave is as follows:

 

Length of employmentMaximum length of sick leave
under 1 month1+9 weekdays, 50% of salary
1 month - less than 1 year40 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days
1 year - less than 5 years50 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days
5 years -60 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days

If an employee transfers from one university to another university or a research institute comparable to a university or a university hospital, previous work experience will be taken into account in the length of employment in calculating the paid part of sick leave.

Family leave

An employee who has the right to maternal leave according to the Health Insurance Act will be paid salary for a period of 72 weekdays from the beginning of maternity leave.

An employee who has the right to paternal leave according to the Health Insurance Act will be paid salary for a period of 6 weekdays from the beginning of paternity leave.

An employee has the right to temporary care leave to arrange care for or take care of a child who is under the age of ten or disabled or has a chronic illness who suddenly falls ill for up to four working days at a time. The employee will be paid salary for temporary care leave, up to a maximum of four working days.

An employee has the right to temporary unpaid leave from work if his/her presence is necessary as a result of an unforeseeable and pressing reason due to illness or an accident involving his/her family.

An employee may receive unpaid care leave until a child reaches the age of three.

An employee who has worked for the same employer for a total of at least six months during the past 12 months can receive partial care leave to care for his/her child or some other child living permanently in his/her household until the child's second year of elementary school ends.


Other absences

Paid days off:

• 50th and 60th birthdays
• own wedding day and registration of partnership day
• day of a close relative's funeral
• maximum of one day owing the death of a family member
• sickness of a family member besides a child who is under the age of ten or disabled if leave is necessary to arrange or provide care
• call-up day