22910154 - Labour law

The course is aiming at attaining the basic notion of labour law and industrial relations and the competence of the most relevant legal features for the administration and development of human resources, both in the private context and the in public.
The students will acquire the essential legal knowledge for employee hiring, development and ending of labour relationship.
Knowledge and understanding:
- Learning of basic notion of labour law and industrial relations
- Identification and understanding of all the sources of labour law and industrial relations
Applying knowledge and understanding
- Acquisition of the essential legal knowledge for employee hiring, development and ending of labour relationship
Making judgements
- Evaluating and identifying the best collective agreement to be applied to the employment relationship and the best solutions for the correct management of the relations with the trade unions
- Evaluating and selecting the best solutions for the correct management of the employment relationship
Communication skills
- Using the skills acquired in the management of relations between employer and workers, on the one hand, and between employer and trade union organizations, on the other.
Learning skills
- Knowledge to select the rules for the solution of issues related to the management of employment relationships and the relationships with the trade unions in the work place

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The historical evolution and current trends of labour law.
The sources. Constitutional principles. European and international sources.
Trade union freedom and trade unions organisation (inside and outside the firm).
Collective agreements. Strikes and other typologies of trade union disputes.
Repression of anti-union behavior.
Work relationship. The origin of employment relation.
Employment contracts: subordinated, autonomous, flexible contracts.
The duties of employees (cooperation, diligence, obedience, loyalty)
The powers of the employer (directive, control and disciplinary).
The protection of the person, dignity and freedom of employees: the non-discrimination law, wages (wages systems) working hours and breaks.
The classification of workers and the assignment of tasks.
The jus variandi of the employer.
Flexible forms of contract: part-time contract, fixed-term contract, intermittent work.
Administration and procurement.
On-the-job training.
The termination of the employment relationship: individual and collective dismissals.
Voluntary resignation and resignation for just cause.

Core Documentation

M. Esposito - L. Gaeta - A. Zoppoli - L. Zoppoli, Diritto del lavoro e sindacale, Giappichelli, Torino, latest edition

Type of delivery of the course

Oral lessons. In case of need all the provisions governing the methods of carrying out teaching activities and student evaluation will be implemented. In particular, the following methods will be applied: remote lessons.


Not mandatory, optional

Type of evaluation

The final evaluation will be based on the student's ability to classify the sources of labor law and the types of contracts, to describe the mechanisms of management of an employment relationship, from its establishment to its termination, to memorize the processes of evolution of the trade union system, to recognize the main critical aspects of an inadequately managed employment relationship. The exam will be oral and will focus on three questions. The student's ability to express himself with an adequate legal language will also be evaluated. A final grade will be assigned to the outcome of the oral exam.