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Greece Statutory Leave

Employer of Record Greece

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Greece Maternity Leave

Employees who have worked for at least 10 consecutive days and are expecting a child are eligible for 119 days of paid leave. This leave begins 56 days before the expected due date. 

The employer is responsible for the payment of the first month of maternity leave, paying the employee 100% of their usual salary. From the second month onwards, the employer and EFKA are jointly responsible for the payment of the maternity leave, each contributing 50% of the employee’s regular salary, for a total payment of 100%.

The EFKA will also pay any child benefit entitlements for the child, and a supplementary maternity allowance is paid if the employer’s contribution is lower than that of the EFKA. For any employees that are not insured, a standard maternity benefit of 220.10 EUR is paid.

The employee can extend leave additional 180 days, using parental leave, at the same rates as for paid maternity leave from Social Security.

Paternity and Parental Leave in Greece

In Greece, employees are entitled to 2 days of paid paternity leave. This can be topped up an additional parental leave. 

The first 2 months are paid by the EFKA at a minimum wage rate, and any days thereafter are unpaid. For 30 months after the birth of or adoption of a child, parents are entitled to reduce their working time by an hour a day, or 2 hours per day for 18 months. 

Childcare leave is also available for the first 30 months after the birth of or adoption of a child, entitling the parents to reduce their working hours by and hour or two per day. 

Once the adoption or foster care proceedings are finalised, the adoptive or foster parents can also take three months of paid leave. 

Shared Parental Leave in Greece

When both parents have taken their legally mandated six-week maternity and twenty-day paternity leaves, the remaining 78 or 108 days can be split between both parents as they see fit. If the couple opts to take a total of 120 days leave it will be paid at 100% of salary, and at 80% of salary if they opt to take the longer leave of 150 days. 

Greece Annual Leave

After working for a company for a month, employees are entitled to paid time off. Employees, whether full-time or part-time, receive 20 paid vacation days per year, accumulating at 1.67 days per month. 

Employees who have worked for any single company for a total of ten years, or for twelve years total across multiple companies, are granted an extra 5 days a year, for a total of 25 days paid leave. After 25 years of employment, and additional day is granted, totalling 26 days of paid leave per year. 

If employees are working 6 days a week, they are granted an additional 5 days leave. So an employee on a 6-day working pattern, with 25 years of employment history would be entitled to 31 days of paid leave per year. 

Public Holidays in Greece

Greece celebrates 7 national public holidays, with additional holidays being celebrated across various regions. Some of these holidays include: 

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Epiphany Day 
  • Shrove Monday 
  • National Independence Day
  • Orthodox Good Friday 
  • Orthodox Good Saturday 
  • Orthodox Easter 
  • Orthodox Easter Monday 
  • Orthodox Whit Monday
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary 
  • National OXI – Day of World War II 
  • Christmas 
  • Boxing Day

Greece Sick Leave

If an employee is unable to report to work due to illness and can provide a doctor’s note within 48 hours, they will be eligible for sick pay of between one and three months based on their years of service. 

Sick pay is paid at a rate of 50% by the employer for the first 3 days. After this, the social security system, (EFKA), will continue to pay at a rate of 50%. Depending on length employment, employment contracts or union agreements, the employer may be required to top up the social security payments to the employee’s full monthly salary. 


Other Statutory Leave in Greece

Education Leave:  After one year on the job, an employee attending a public college or university is entitled to request up to 30 exam-related days off work. 

Bereavement Leave: In the event of a death in the immediate family, employees are entitled to two days off. 

Civil duty:1-3 days off during election weeks to cast their ballots at their assigned polling place. 

Carer’s Leave: 30 days off without pay to care for a sick, injured, or hospitalised minor or dependent. 

Marriage Leave: 5 paid days for their wedding 

School Leave: Full-time and part-time workers who have school-aged children are typically allowed to take off up to four full days per year to care for their kids, provided that their employers approve of the time off. 

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