Labour and employment—Greece—Q&A guide

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Labour and employment—Greece—Q&A guide
  • 1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?
  • 2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?
  • 3. What are the primary government agencies or other entities responsible for the enforcement of employment statutes and regulations?
  • 4. Is there any legislation mandating or allowing the establishment of employees’ representatives in the workplace?
  • 5. What are their powers?
  • 6. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against background checks on applicants? Does it make a difference if an employer conducts its own checks or hires a third party?
  • 7. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against requiring a medical examination as a condition of employment?
  • 8. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against drug and alcohol testing of applicants?
  • 9. Are there any legal requirements to give preference in hiring to, or not to discriminate against, particular people or groups of people?
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Labour and employment—Greece—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to labour and employment in Greece published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: March 2020).

Authors: Rokas Law Firm—Christos Theodorou; Maria Kloni; Viktoria Chatzara

1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?

There is no labour law code; however, there are numerous legal statutes and regulations (laws, presidential decrees, ministerial decisions, etc).

2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?

These are:

  1. Law No. 3896/2010 concerning the application of the principle of equal opportunities and treatment of men and women in terms of employment (adapting national legislation to Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation); and

  2. Law No. 4443/2016 on the transposition of Directive 2000/43/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin, as well as the transposition of Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation and Directive 2014/54/EU on measures facilitating the exercise of rights conferred on workers in the context of freedom of movement for workers.

The categories regulated under the law

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