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.
Salaried employees receive payment during sickness from employers for the first 30 days. After this period, social benefits pay employees for up to 22 weeks. Non-salaried employees are not guaranteed paid sick leave. Any sick benefits should be stated in the employment contract. The maximum amount you can receive per hour is the maximum amount of sickness benefit (4,355 DKK) divided by the normal contractual number of hours worked per week (37 hours). You can therefore receive a maximum of 117.70 DKK per hour