By Kostas Spaidiotis

Greek labour legal framework is quite intricate and extensive, as it is based on a broad variety of sources that vary from domestic statutes and decrees to International Conventions, Collective Labour Agreements, working practices and customs.

The introduction below refers mainly to dependent employment as opposed to independent provision of services. Also, it should be noted that special rules may apply to certain types of dependent employment (e.g. work at sea). As dependent employment is meant the one that the employee is economically dependent on a single employer for his source of income and works under the directions of the latter.

Types of employees

Greek law acknowledges the distinction between white and blue colour workers, the last being those who provide manual work. The distinction may have important legal consequences (e.g. different compensation in case of contract’s termination etc.) while another sub-category of white colour employees, is that of executive officers and managerial staff (i.e. employees that hold positions of trust and perform managerial duties or take part in the business’ decisions making) who, generally speaking, are excluded from a number of protective law provisions as it is for example the provisions for overtime and night work compensation, minimum holidays etc. They are not deprived however of their entitlement to certain benefits, severance pay etc.

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