Labour Law and Social Security

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Labour Law and Social Security

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Introduction to Patrimonial Law

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Employment relations is a fundamental part of business. This course provides you with a thorough knowledge of the legal frameworks behind the employment relationship. It helps develop your skills concerning human resource management and labour flexibility, so as to enhance business competitiveness, skill retention, employee satisfaction and legal compliance.

    By the end of the course, students will be able:

    -To distinguish an employment relationship from other work relationships used by companies.
    -To decide on what kind of services best fit the company's needs: external services or internal (employment) work?
    -To be aware of the importance of legal institutions and collective bargaining.
    -To identify the collective agreement applicable in the workplace.
    -To master the types of employment contracts (open-ended, fixed-term, part-time, etc.).
    -To determine the limits of managerial prerogatives in the workplace.
    -To know the legal aspects of the labour market and the functioning of its main institutions (employment agencies, etc.).
    -To use the legal tools enhancing labour flexibility.
    -To know the statutory rights of workers, as well as their representation channels (unions, works councils, etc.).
    -To manage labour disputes.
    -To know the main challenges posed by cross-border employee mobility.


    TEMA 1.- Concept and goals of Labour Law.

    TEMA 2.- Sources of Labour Law. Transnational issues of employment.
    1.- Constitution
    2.- International Law
    3.- European Union Law
    4.- National Legislation
    5.- Collective Bargaining
    6.- Enforcement Authorities
    7.- Case law

    TEMA 3.- Labour market regulation.
    1.- Institutions: Employment services, Temporary employment agencies, etc.
    2.- Basic legislation affecting labour supply and demand

    TEMA 4.- The employment contract. Concept and types.
    1.- Definitions of employer and employee
    2.- Subcontracting
    3.- Contracting rules
    4.- Non-standard contracts

    TEMA 5.- Statutory rights of employers and employees.
    1.- Salary
    2.- Schedules and hours
    3.- Breaks, leave and vacation
    4.- The workplace, geographic mobility and telecommuting

    TEMA 6.- The employment relationship: internal flexibility.
    1.- Definitions of flexibility
    2.- Limitations

    TEMA 7.- Termination of the employment relationship.
    1.- Dismissal: collective, disciplinary, causal and unlawful (unfair or void)
    2.- Resignation and retirement

    TEMA 8.- Employee representation in the workplace.
    1.- Union representation and freedom of association
    2.- Works councils

    TEMA 9.- Collective bargaining.
    1.- Definition of bargaining agents
    2.- Bargaining units
    3.- Process
    4.- Contents

    TEMA 10.- Labour disputes.
    1.- Strikes
    2.- Alternative dispute resolution
    3.- The role of labour authorities and the courts

    TEMA 11.- Social Security
    1.- Constitutional model and structure
    2.- Administration issues
    3.- Programmatic content


    - LECTURES. Topics are presented by the teacher in class. Some readings may be required by the teacher.
    - ACTIVITIES. There will be different activities in class, such as cases, workshops, tests, etc.

    The course is based on a continuous assessment system. Thus, the final grade will depend entirely on the activities during the course, without a final exam.

    - Francisco Javier Gómez Abelleira Handbook of Spanish Employment Law, Tecnos, 2012

    - Catherine Barnard EU Employment Law, Oxford European Union Law Library, 2012 (Fourth Edition)
    - Ron Brown East Asian Labor and Employment Law: International and Comparative Context, Cambridge, 2012
    - Paul M. Secunda; Jeffrey M. Hirsch Labor Law: A problem Based Approach, 2012, LexisNexis
    - Roger Blanpain; Susan Bisom-Rapp; William R. Corbett; Hilary K. Josephs; Michael J. Zimmer. The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law Cases and Materials, 2012, Cambridge

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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