Employment Contract Details
There are no specific rules governing the language for employment contracts as long as the employee understands the contract language. Bilingual wording is recommended for employees without the relevant language skills. Contracts must be in writing.
The maximum probation period is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There are no provisions regarding minimum salary stipulated in law.
Maximum working hours and overtime
The full-time working week in Denmark is typically 37 hours, distributed over 5 days.
Bonus and expense payments
Bonuses are fairly common in Denmark, although not mandatory. Bonus terms and amounts will differ widely depending on seniority, function and industry. It is good practice to outline bonus terms in writing.
- Maternity Leave: starts 4 weeks before birth and extends up to 14 weeks after childbirth. During this period, employees receive 50% of their salary, which is funded and paid by the government.
- Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 2 weeks of paternity leave, which must be taken within 14 weeks of childbirth.
Employees are entitled to absence during sickness. The Salaried Employees Act and most collective agreements provide that employees are generally entitled to at least 90% of full salary during sickness. Generally, for the first 30 days of sickness the employer is obliged to pay compensation. After that period, the authorities will continue to fund the sickness benefit. In such cases, the employer will most often pay the compensation and then be refunded by the authorities. As a general rule, employees will receive sickness benefits for a maximum of 22weeks in a 9 month period.