Employment Contract Details
There are no specific rules governing the language used to write employment contracts. Contracts must always be in writing.
The maximum probation period is 6 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There are no provisions regarding minimum salary stipulated in law.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Standard working hours are generally 7.5 hours per day and 37.5 hours per week. The maximum allowed is 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.
Bonus and expense payments
Bonuses may be paid. Terms and conditions are determined by the parties and must be included in the employment agreement to be enforced.
Parents have the right to a total leave of 12 months, including the right to pregnancy leave and the right to maternity leave. The leave must be taken after maternity leave. A total of 10 weeks are reserved for either parent. Note, for the mother the first 6 weeks after the birth are mandatory and are included in her 10 weeks. Apart from these limitations, the parents are free to divide between them the remaining period of parental leave.
- Maternity leave: employees must take 3 weeks before the child is born and 6 weeks immediately after his birth. For 44 weeks, employees are entitled to receive 100% of their salary from the National Insurance. The period can be extended up to 54 weeks but with an income of 80% of their salary.
- Paternity leave: employees are entitled to 14 weeks of leave. In addition, 2 weeks of unpaid leave of absence in connection with the birth.
In the event of sickness employees must notify the employer immediately of their condition. The employer is normally responsible for the payment of the compensation for the first 16 days of the employee’s sickness leave, provided the employee has been employed for a qualifying period of at least 4 weeks. Employees are entitled to sick pay for 1 year. Following the employer’s period of responsibility, the National Insurance Scheme is responsible for the payment. The amount of sick pay from the Social Security is limited.