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Cyprus - Avenues for redress (penalties, remedies) and litigation procedure for individual complaints


Avenues for redress (penalties, remedies) and litigation procedure for individual complaints - Cyprus - 2012    

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Compensation for unfair dismissal - free determination by court: No

Compensation for unfair dismissal - Legal limits (ceiling in months or calculation method):
Statutory compensation for unfair dismissal is calculated following the scheme of redundancy payment. It varies according to the length of service and is limited to 24 months.

Remarks:
  • (Note that an employee is entitled to compensation for unfair dismissal provided he or she has been employed for more than 26 weeks (extended to 104 weeks if agreed by the parties at the conclusion of the contract) and he has not reached the age of 65)

    Pursuant to schedule 4 of the TEA, statutory compensation is established as follows:
    * Max. 2 weeks' wages for each year of service up to 4 years;
    * max. 2.5 weeks' wages for each year of service from 5 to10;
    * max. 3 weeks' wages for each year of service from 11 to 15 years;
    * max. 3.5 weeks' wages for each year of service from 16 to 20 years
    * max. 4 weeks' wages for each year of service from 21 to 25 years.
    Compensation is limited to 24 months' wages.

    The Industrial Disputes Court may take into account additional factors.


Reinstatement available: Yes

Preliminary mandatory conciliation: No

Remarks:
  • No statutory provision in the legislation reviewed / no information in the secondary sources.

Competent court(s) / tribunal(s): ordinary courts; labour court

Remarks:
  • Sec. 2 and 3 TEA.
    The Industrial Dispute Court has jurisdiction over cases of unfair dismissals (Proceedings must be initiated within 1 year from the date of dismissal).
    Alternatively, the employee may institute proceedings before the civil courts for breach of the employment contract (wrongful dismissal). They must be initiated within six years following the date of termination of employment.

Existing arbitration: No

Remarks:
  • No statutory provision in the legislation reviewed / no information in the secondary sources.