- Law no. 5053/2023, in force as of 26 September 2023, transposes into Greek law EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU and simplifies procedures within the Labour Inspectorate’s information system, Ergani II.
Law no. 5053/2023, in force as of 26 September 2023, transposes into Greek law EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU and simplifies procedures within the Labour Inspectorate’s information system, Ergani II.
The key provisions of the new legislation are as follows:
- Employees must be notified of their basic terms of employment in written or electronic form (provided that an electronic copy can be saved and printed and the employer retains evidence of delivery). The basic terms of employment, which must be made known to the employee within one week from the commencement of employment, include: the parties’ identities, the place of work, the position and scope of work, the starting and end date, the duration and terms of the probationary period, and the employee’s salary and working hours and schedule. Similar provisions will apply to employees working abroad.
- The law allows an employee to have more than one employer, provided that the legal provisions on working hours and overtime are respected.
- The law clearly provides that the probationary period cannot be more than six months and, should it be passed, is considered as working time and so subject to all relevant employee rights. In case of fixed term employment agreements, the probationary period agreed should be proportionate to the duration of the agreement, meaning it cannot exceed one-quarter of the agreement’s total duration or six months, whichever is shorter.
- When an employee’s working hours are in general irregular, the employee is obliged to provide services on the condition that a) the services are provided within the reference time and days that have already been specified to the employee and b) the employee has been informed by the employer about the assignment of work in writing, or by SMS or email at least 24 hours in advance.