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Greece - Procedural requirements for individual dismissals


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Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

Remarks:
  • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


Notice period:
Remarks:
  • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
    - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
    - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
    - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
    - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

    [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
    - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
    - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
    - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
    - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
    - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
    - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

    - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
    • tenure ≥ 1 year
      • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 2 years
      • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 5 years
      • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 10 years
      • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

    Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

    Remarks:
    • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

    Notification to the public administration: Yes

    Remarks:
    • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

    Notification to workers' representatives: No

    Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

    Remarks:
    • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

    Approval by workers' representatives: No

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    Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

    Remarks:
    • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


    Notice period:
    Remarks:
    • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
      - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
      - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
      - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
      - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

      [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
      - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
      - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
      - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
      - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
      - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
      - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

      - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
      • tenure ≥ 1 year
        • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
      • tenure ≥ 2 years
        • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
      • tenure ≥ 5 years
        • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
      • tenure ≥ 10 years
        • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

      Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

      Remarks:
      • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

      Notification to the public administration: Yes

      Remarks:
      • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

      Notification to workers' representatives: No

      Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

      Remarks:
      • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

      Approval by workers' representatives: No

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      Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

      Remarks:
      • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


      Notice period:
      Remarks:
      • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
        - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
        - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
        - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
        - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

        [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
        - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
        - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
        - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
        - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
        - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
        - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

        - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
        • tenure ≥ 1 year
          • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
        • tenure ≥ 2 years
          • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
        • tenure ≥ 5 years
          • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
        • tenure ≥ 10 years
          • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

        Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

        Remarks:
        • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

        Notification to the public administration: Yes

        Remarks:
        • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

        Notification to workers' representatives: No

        Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

        Remarks:
        • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

        Approval by workers' representatives: No

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        Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

        Remarks:
        • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


        Notice period:
        Remarks:
        • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
          - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
          - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
          - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
          - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

          [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
          - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
          - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
          - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
          - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
          - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
          - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

          - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
          • tenure ≥ 1 year
            • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
          • tenure ≥ 2 years
            • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
          • tenure ≥ 5 years
            • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
          • tenure ≥ 10 years
            • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

          Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

          Remarks:
          • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

          Notification to the public administration: Yes

          Remarks:
          • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

          Notification to workers' representatives: No

          Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

          Remarks:
          • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

          Approval by workers' representatives: No

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          Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

          Remarks:
          • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


          Notice period:
          Remarks:
          • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
            - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
            - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
            - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
            - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

            [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
            - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
            - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
            - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
            - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
            - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
            - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

            - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
            • tenure ≥ 1 year
              • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
            • tenure ≥ 2 years
              • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
            • tenure ≥ 5 years
              • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
            • tenure ≥ 10 years
              • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

            Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

            Remarks:
            • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

            Notification to the public administration: Yes

            Remarks:
            • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

            Notification to workers' representatives: No

            Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

            Remarks:
            • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

            Approval by workers' representatives: No

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            Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

            Remarks:
            • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


            Notice period:
            Remarks:
            • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
              - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
              - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
              - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
              - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

              [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
              - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
              - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
              - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
              - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
              - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
              - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

              - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
              • tenure ≥ 1 year
                • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
              • tenure ≥ 2 years
                • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
              • tenure ≥ 5 years
                • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
              • tenure ≥ 10 years
                • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

              Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

              Remarks:
              • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

              Notification to the public administration: Yes

              Remarks:
              • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

              Notification to workers' representatives: No

              Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

              Remarks:
              • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

              Approval by workers' representatives: No

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              Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

              Remarks:
              • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


              Notice period:
              Remarks:
              • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
                - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
                - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
                - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
                - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

                [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
                - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
                - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
                - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
                - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
                - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
                - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

                - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
                • tenure ≥ 1 year
                  • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
                • tenure ≥ 2 years
                  • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
                • tenure ≥ 5 years
                  • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                • tenure ≥ 10 years
                  • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

                Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

                Remarks:
                • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

                Notification to the public administration: Yes

                Remarks:
                • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

                Notification to workers' representatives: No

                Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

                Remarks:
                • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

                Approval by workers' representatives: No

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                Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

                Remarks:
                • Art. 1 Act 2112/1920


                Notice period:
                NOTE: This information has changed since the previous period covered.
                Remarks:
                • The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in 2012 by the Act 4093/2012 (art. IA para. 12 sec. 1):
                  - For employees who have served from 12 completed months to two years, one month's notice is required before dismissal;
                  - For employees who have served from two to five years, two months' notice is required before dismissal;
                  - For employees who have served from five to 10 years, three months' notice is required before dismissal; and;
                  - For employees who have served 10 years or more, four months' notice is required before dismissal.

                  [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
                  - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
                  - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
                  - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
                  - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
                  - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
                  - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years

                  - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
                  • tenure ≥ 1 year
                    • white-collar workers - 1 month(s).
                  • tenure ≥ 2 years
                    • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
                  • tenure ≥ 5 years
                    • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                  • tenure ≥ 10 years
                    • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).

                  Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

                  Remarks:
                  • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

                  Notification to the public administration: Yes

                  Remarks:
                  • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

                  Notification to workers' representatives: No

                  Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

                  Remarks:
                  • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

                  Approval by workers' representatives: No

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                  Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

                  NOTE: This information has changed since the previous period covered.
                  Remarks:
                  • NEW: This obligation is now prescribed by art. 74(2)B) of the Act No. 3863/2010 of July 2010. (It used to be contained in art. 5(3) of Act No. 3198/1955).

                  Notice period:
                  NOTE: This information has changed since the previous period covered.
                  Remarks:
                  • - New: The statutory notice periods for dismissing white-collar workers were shortened in July by the Act 3833/2010 (art. 74(2)B)):
                    - 1 month for employees who have worked for at least 12 months but not more than 2 years;
                    - 2 months for employees who have worked for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years;
                    - 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 5 years but not more than 10 years;
                    - 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 10 years but not more than 15 years;
                    - 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 15 years but not more than 20 years;
                    - 6 months for employees who have worked for over 20 years.

                    [Prior to the reform, the notice periods were set , as follows:
                    * no notice period for employees with less than 2 months of service,
                    * 30 days for employees who have worked for at least 2 months but not more than one year;
                    * 60 days for employees who have worked for at least 1 year but not more than 4 years;
                    * 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 4 years but not more than 6 years;
                    * 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 6 years but not more than 8 years;
                    * 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 8 years but not more than 10 years;
                    * 6 months for employees who have worked for more than 10 years;
                    * The notice period was increased by 1 month for each extra year of service after 10 years, up to a maximum of 24 months (for employee's with over 28 years' service).]

                    - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
                    • tenure ≥ 6 months
                      • white-collar workers - 0 day(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 9 months
                      • white-collar workers - 0 day(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 2 years
                      • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 4 years
                      • white-collar workers - 2 month(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 5 years
                      • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 10 years
                      • white-collar workers - 4 month(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                    • tenure ≥ 20 years
                      • white-collar workers - 6 month(s).
                      • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).

                    Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

                    Remarks:
                    • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

                    Notification to the public administration: Yes

                    Remarks:
                    • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

                    Notification to workers' representatives: No

                    Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

                    Remarks:
                    • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

                    Approval by workers' representatives: No

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                    Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

                    Remarks:
                    • Art. 5(3) of Act No. 3198/1955.

                    Notice period:
                    Remarks:
                    • - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
                      - The notice period applicable to the dismissal of white-collar workers is governed by art. 1 of Act No. 2112/1920, and varies according to the length of service, as follows:
                      * no notice period for white-collar workers with less than 2 months of service,
                      * 30 days for employees who have worked for at least 2 months but not more than one year;
                      * 60 days for employees who have worked for at least 1 year but not more than 4 years;
                      * 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 4 years but not more than 6 years;
                      * 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 6 years but not more than 8 years;
                      * 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 8 years but not more than 10 years;
                      * 6 months for employees who have worked for more than 10 years;
                      * The notice period is increased by 1 month for each extra year of service after 10 years, up to a maximum of 24 months (for employee's with over 28 years' service).
                      • tenure ≥ 6 months
                        • white-collar workers - 30 day(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 9 months
                        • white-collar workers - 30 day(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 2 years
                        • white-collar workers - 60 day(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 4 years
                        • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 5 years
                        • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 10 years
                        • white-collar workers - 6 month(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                      • tenure ≥ 20 years
                        • white-collar workers - 16 month(s).
                        • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).

                      Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

                      Remarks:
                      • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

                      Notification to the public administration: Yes

                      Remarks:
                      • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

                      Notification to workers' representatives: No

                      Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

                      Remarks:
                      • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

                      Approval by workers' representatives: No

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                      Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

                      Remarks:
                      • Art. 5(3) of Act No. 3198/1955.

                      Notice period:
                      Remarks:
                      • - No notice period to be observed in order to dismiss a blue-collar worker, they are only entitled to severance pay.
                        - The notice period applicable to the dismissal of white-collar workers is governed by art. 1 of Act No. 2112/1920, and varies according to the length of service, as follows:
                        * no notice period for white-collar workers with less than 2 months of service,
                        * 30 days for employees who have worked for at least 2 months but not more than one year;
                        * 60 days for employees who have worked for at least 1 year but not more than 4 years;
                        * 3 months for employees who have worked for at least 4 years but not more than 6 years;
                        * 4 months for employees who have worked for at least 6 years but not more than 8 years;
                        * 5 months for employees who have worked for at least 8 years but not more than 10 years;
                        * 6 months for employees who have worked for more than 10 years;
                        * The notice period is increased by 1 month for each extra year of service after 10 years, up to a maximum of 24 months (for employee's with over 28 years' service).
                        • tenure ≥ 6 months
                          • white-collar workers - 30 day(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 9 months
                          • white-collar workers - 30 day(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 2 years
                          • white-collar workers - 60 day(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 4 years
                          • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 5 years
                          • white-collar workers - 3 month(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 10 years
                          • white-collar workers - 6 month(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).
                        • tenure ≥ 20 years
                          • white-collar workers - 16 month(s).
                          • blue-collar workers - 0 month(s).

                        Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

                        Remarks:
                        • Act No. 2112/1920, art. 3.

                        Notification to the public administration: Yes

                        Remarks:
                        • The employer has the obligation to inform the OAED (Greek Manpower Employment Organization) within 8 days from the date of the dismissal (art. 9 Act No. 3198/1955).

                        Notification to workers' representatives: No

                        Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

                        Remarks:
                        • Except for workers enjoying a special protection.

                        Approval by workers' representatives: No