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Study leave

A person on a study leave is exempted from his/her work in order to undergo training or to study. The employment relationship continues, but the work and salary are interrupted.

The wage earner always applies for the study leave personally, so training/studying ordered by the employer or training/studying agreed on the collective agreement to be carried out during working time is not covered by the study leave.

Study leave comprises one or more consecutive, whole or partial leave days granted for a time which has been agreed upon in advance. The leave can also be granted as several periods of time, in between which the person is working.

The right to study leave  

If a full-time employment relationship with the same employer has continued in one or more spells for at least a year, the right to a study leave with the total maximum duration of two years, to be used within five years, is created.

If a full-time employment relationship with the same employer has continued in one or more spells for at least three months, the right to a study leave of a total maximum duration of five days is created. The leave can be used at once or in several spells.

The right concerns the employer from whom the study leave has been requested.

Applying

A study leave of a duration of more than five working days is applied for in writing from the employer at least 45 days before the beginning of the leave.

If the study leave lasts a maximum of five working days, it is applied for in writing or verbally at least 15 days before the beginning of the studies. 

Granting

When study leave is applied for with a duration of more than five days, the employer should announce their decision in writing 15 days before the beginning of the study leave.

When study leave is applied for of a maximum duration of five days, the employer should announce their decision seven days before the beginning of the training/studies.

Study leave must be granted if there are no adequate grounds for postponing it and the content of the training/studies meets the requirements of the law.

If the employer specifically asks, the person should present a certificate on using the study leave in an acceptable manner. 

Employer’s right to postpone study leave

An employer has the right to postpone study leave if granting it for the desired time substantially hinders the operations of the company. On these grounds, the study leave can be postponed for the maximum of six months at a time.

If the opportunity to undergo the training in question is available more infrequently, the study leave can be postponed at the most until equivalent training is next available.

The employer also has the right to postpone the study leave if less than six months have elapsed since the previous leave and the objective is not to complete the training or studies started during the earlier study leave.

If the company regularly employs at least five people, the employer can postpone the study leave on the aforementioned grounds no more than twice in a row.

For more information on study leave, visit Proplus. See, among other things, who is basically entitled to study leave in a company.

In addition, discontinuing study leave, illness during leave, the effect of the study leave on the employment relationship conditions, what to study on your study leave, and how to apply for study leave.

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Other

Finlex is an online database of up-to-date legislative and other judicial information of Finland.

State decree database Finlex: Study Leave Act (273/1979) (in Finnish only)

State decree database Finlex: Study Leave Decree (864/1979) (in Finnish only)

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