Topic 2 Inclusion, diversity, and rights in the Cypriot labor market

Working Hours: Government offices, private businesses and shops do not keep the same hours. Below is a general guide to office, shopping and banking hours.

  • Public Service Hours: Public service operating hours are flexible all year round. Operating days are from Monday to Friday, starting between 07:30 – 08:30 and closing between 15:00 – 16:00.
  • Private Sector Hours: Each company keeps its own hours, but generally, office hours are 08:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday for the period September 15th – May 31st, and 08:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday, for the period June 1st – September 14th.

With the start of the pandemic, a lot of companies have introduced “work from home”, when an employee can work from their home if their job allows it. This is mainly for office work.

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National legislation: Inclusion, diversity, and rights in the Cypriot labour market

  • EU 2000/43 / EC (Racial Equality).
  • EU2000 / 78 / EC (Equal Treatment in Employment and Labour).
  • Directive 2004/113 / EC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services.
  • Directive 2006/54 / EC on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation.
  • On Combating Racial and Other Discrimination (Commissioner) Law 42 (1) / 2004.
  • The Equal Treatment (Racial or Ethnic Origin) Law 59 (I) / 2004.
  • The Equal Treatment in Employment and Labour Law 58 (1) / 2004.
  • The Law on Disabled Persons 57 (I) / 2004.
  • The Fight against Some Forms and Events of Racism and Xenophobia through the Criminal Law of 2011 (Law 134 (I) / 2011).