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1. POSTED WORKERS LAW DEFINITIONS

2. WORKING TIME

3. REMUNERATION

4. TEMPORARY AGENCY WORK

5. HEALTH, SAFETY AND HYGIENE AT WORK

6. PROTECTION OF MATERNITY

7. EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN IN EMPLOYMENT

8. PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

9. PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

10. CONTACT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION OF COMPLAINTS






    1. POSTED WORKERS LAW DEFINITIONS
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      2. WORKING TIME

      The Organisation of Working Time Principal Law came into force on 1 January 2003. The Law sets minimum health and safety requirements in relation to the organisation of employees’ working time and applies to all enterprises, establishments and works of the private and public sector, except in relation to:
      • the members of the Armed Forces
      • the members of the Police Force and
      • the seafarers covered by the Merchant Shipping (Organisation of Working Time of Seafarers) Law of 2003 (Law No. 79(I)/2003).


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      3. REMUNERATION

      In Cyprus there are no universally applicable collective agreements regulating rates of pay in separate economical activities.

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      4. TEMPORARY AGENCY WORK

      The purpose of the Temporary Agency Work Law of 2012 is to ensure the protection of temporary agency workers and to improve the quality of temporary employment through the principle of equal treatment and recognition of temporary agencies as employers. The purpose of the Regulations of 2012 is to regulate the terms and conditions for the implementation of the licensing system, certification and inspection of temporary agencies.


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      5. HEALTH, SAFETY AND HYGIENE AT WORK

      All issues regarding health, safety and hygiene at work fall under the Safety and Health at Work Laws of 1996 to (No.2) 2020. These Laws and the Regulations and Orders issued thereunder, harmonise Cyprus National Legislation with the European Acquis and specifically with the EU Framework Directive no. 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work and other directives concerning safety and health at work. The Department of Labour Inspection (DLI) is the competent authority for all safety and health at work issues in Cyprus.

      More information in English / Greek could be found on the website of the DLI (
      http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/dli).


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      6. PROTECTION OF MATERNITY


      According to the Protection of Maternity Law of 1997 a pregnant worker is entitled to maternity leave for 18 consecutive weeks. Of this, 11 weeks is considered compulsory leave (two weeks before the week of the expected delivery date, the week of delivery and eight weeks after the week of delivery).

      A woman worker is entitled to maternity leave on presenting a medical certificate from a registered doctor stating the expected week of her delivery.

      In case of multiple babies, maternity leave is extended by 4 weeks for each additional baby.

      For health reasons of an infant (hospitalization), a new mother may be granted one additional week of maternity leave for every 21 days of hospitalization provided that the total additional leave may not exceed 6 weeks.

      An employed woman who adopts or takes in to her care a child less than 12 years of age for the purpose of adoption is allowed maternity leave of 16 weeks.

      A surrogate mother is also entitled to a maternity leave of a total of 14 consecutive weeks which should start two weeks before the week of the expected delivery date.


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      7. EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN IN EMPLOYMENT

      Equality of the sexes has from the start been a basic goal of the Cyprus Government, a goal which from the end of the 1970s began to be incorporated into the more general social and economic policy of the state. It was promoted by various measures within the framework of Strategic Development Plans which targeted expansion of facilities to help conciliate family and employment responsibilities, the creation of a legal framework which could effectively deal with gender discrimination, and which generally aimed at improving the position of women in economic and social life.

      Encouragement of equality and of equal opportunities is a fundamental priority of employment policy in Cyprus. This endeavours to encourage and increase the participation of women in the work force and also aims at their fuller social inclusion.

      Measures and priorities concerning equality in employment have resulted in increased numbers of women joining the work force while protecting equal opportunities in promotion, pay and professional advancement. As a result, the role and the position of women in social and economic life has been strengthened. These developments were aided by the good course of the Cypriot economy over the last few years which was combined with radical economic restructuring beginning with the marked development of the services sector.

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      8. PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

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      9. PROMOTION OF EQUALITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

      The Department of Labour is actively taking all necessary measures to implement its national legislation on the enforcement of the equality principle and the promotion of equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace, vocational training, according to the 
      Law 205(I)/2002 as has been amended and is fully harmonized with EU directive 2006/54/EC. Also the Law 58(I)/2004 as has been amended is fully harmonized with 2000/78/EC and 2000/43/EC. This Law provides a general framework for combating discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, age or sexual orientation as regards employment and occupation, with a view to putting into effect the principle of equal treatment.

      Recently two new amendments enacted regarding the protection of Maternity Law of 1997. Specifically (a) the amending Law No. 116 (I) / 2017 which provides for a surrogate mother and her entitlement to maternity leave of 14 weeks and (b) the amending Law No. 20(I)/2018 which extended the prohibition of dismissal of the employee mother to 5 months instead of 3 months which was before, at the end of maternity and provide provision for protection of the breastfeeding within her workplace.

      Furthermore the enactment of Paternity Law No.117(I)/2017 provides that employee spouse has the right of 2 consecutive weeks paternity leave within the period commencing from the week of birth and ends after sixteen weeks.

      Any employee who may face any matter of sex discrimination or who may be a victim can submit complaint to the Equality Inspectors under The Equal Treatment for Men and Women in Employment and Vocational Training Law. This Law No.205(I)/2002 as has been amended provides in Section 27 the way/ procedure of investigation a complaint by the Gender Equality Inspectors of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance. Specifically the inspector will proceed with mediation between the complainer and the employer in order to resolve the issue. If an agreement is reached the inspector will write a report and both parties will then sign it. If an agreement is not reached a report will be drafted and it can be used before a court.

      The Equality Inspectors examine complaints concerning gender discrimination in order to ensure equality in employment and to combat discrimination. Equality Inspectors exist in each PES District Office and may advice or receive and examine complaints regarding the protection of maternity or may receive complaints regarding sex discrimination which forward them to the Headquarters for investigation according to the Equal treatment of Men and Women in Employment and Vocational Training Law. Their early intervention is vital in order to avoid as match as possible any further labour conflict between the two parties (employee and employer). Also they are responsible to inform all other colleagues in the office regarding equality issues in employment and safeguard that the demanded labour (vacancies) by the Employers does not include statement or imply anything which may infringe provisions of the above equality laws.

      More info on the following links: http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/dl/dl.nsf/page3a_en/page3a_en?OpenDocument (en) or http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/dl/dl.nsf/page3a_gr/page3a_gr?OpenDocument (gr)

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      10. CONTACT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION OF COMPLAINTS


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