Topic 1 Terminology and legal frameworks of the national labour market

In Greece, there is to an extent labour that is outside of the legal framework for which compensation might be offered without a written contract and in cash. This is a general knowledge and stated here for information purposes. Below you can find some general information on contracts and the employment market in Greece.

There are different types of contracts. Working in the private sector is different from working as a freelancer (mplokaki) as it is a term many people use to describe this sort of work.

There are laws that define the employee and employer relationships.

The Greek labor law includes provisions that provide maternal and paternal leave for women who are pregnant. There might be some variations depending on whether a woman works in the public or private sector. There are different rules for women who are freelancers or business owners as they are not dependent on one employer.

In cases of illness or injury, the law states that worker’s illness is considered as significant cause for absence from work (Supreme Court 308/59 – Criminal Code 15/61 – Supreme Court 385/64 – Court of Appeals of Piraeus 917/96 etc.)  as well as an accident, whether work-related or not, injury, disability (Court of Appeals of Piraeus 917/96, Supreme Court 1767/85).