Study Leave Agreement

With regard to the request for leave, a worker has the right to take a maximum of two years of study leave for a period of five years if his full-time employment with the same employer lasts at least one year over one or more periods. If the employment relationship is less than one year, but at least three months, the worker has the right to take study leave for a maximum of five days. A worker has the right to postpone the prohibition of leave of more than five days unless doing so would seriously harm the employer. A worker may request the postponement of study leave for a maximum of one year. The request must be made in writing. If a worker does not wish to benefit from the study leave granted to him, the worker must inform the employer in writing at least two weeks before the start of the leave. The employer is not required to take an employee on study leave before the employment relationship of his or her potential substitute can be definitively terminated. The employer must immediately inform the worker in writing of his decision to interrupt the study leave and of the date on which the worker may return to his place of work. A worker is entitled to leave of up to two years for a period of five years if his employment relationship with the same employer lasts at least one year in one or more periods.

Similarly, the worker is entitled to a maximum of five days` leave if his employment relationship with the same employer lasts at least three months for one or more periods. Study leave is always granted at the request of the worker. Study leave can be taken in one or more blocks. Alternatively, the employee can work a few hours a day and take the rest of the day to study. Workers who are granted more than 50 working days of study leave may take early leave and return to work at any time. Shorter study sheets may not be interrupted prematurely. A worker on student leave wishing to return to work prematurely must inform their employer at least four weeks before returning to work. Study leave without pay is not included as a service for the purposes of taking into account personal leave, annual leave and long-term leave, unless otherwise authorized by the Secretary. In the event of a request for leave of more than five days, the employer must inform the worker of his decision in writing at least fifteen calendar days before the start of the study. In other cases, the employer must inform the worker of his decision at least seven days before the start of studies. Study leave reduces the amount of the pension, as no salary or salary is paid during the leave.

The period without pay may have an impact, for example, on the retirement period, the salary at retirement and the expected pension benefit. For more information on the impact of study leave on pension benefits, please contact the Finnish Pension Centre and Keva.