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Greece - Procedural requirements for individual dismissals


Procedural requirements for individual dismissals - Greece - 2017    

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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