So summer has come, the long-awaited vacation is ahead, even if you have not worked a full year. How to calculate the number of vacation days that the employer is obliged to provide you?
According to ΚΕΠΕΑ – Information Center for Workers and Unemployed – vacation time is determined by agreement between employees and employers, however, at least 50% of employees must take a vacation between May 1 and September 30. The employer is obliged to issue a permit within two months from the date of submission of the relevant request. Until the end of the calendar year, he must provide leave, even if the employee did not ask for it.
During the first calendar year in which the employee begins to perform his duties, the employer must grant him, by December 31, the number of vacation days to which the employee is entitled, depending on the duration of his work.
Five-day work (20 working days):
- In the first year of employment, each employee, regardless of fixed-term or open-ended contract type, is entitled to 20 working days of annual leave.
- In the second year of employment, he is entitled to annual leave of 21 working days.
- For the third and subsequent working years, the employee is entitled to 22 working days of annual leave.
Six-day work (24 working days):
- In the first year, each employee is entitled to 24 working days of annual leave.
- For the second year of work, each employee is entitled to annual leave of 25 working days.
- For the third and subsequent working years, the employee is entitled to annual leave of 26 working days.
After 10 years of employment with the same employer or 12 years of employment with either employer, an employee is entitled to 25 working days of leave when working 5 days a week and 30 working days when working 6 days a week. After 25 years with any employer, employees are entitled to one extra day of leave, i.e. 26 days for a five-day job and 31 days for a six-day job. If the employee was hired during the year and has not yet completed the first year, his leave will be reduced. For example:
- An employee with a 5-day employment contract who has worked for three months is entitled to 5 days of vacation. Accordingly, after six months, he is entitled to 10 vacation days.
- An employee with a 6-day contract who has worked for three months is entitled to six days of vacation. After six months, this period increases to 6 days.
ΚΕΠΕΑ has created an application that helps you calculate the length of your vacation yourself. For full-time workers, this can be done Here. For those who work in shifts, the application is available at link.
Employees’ annual leave is paid, i.e. they are entitled during their leave to the wage they would have received if they had worked a regular full-time job, with all monthly bonuses. The worker is also entitled to a holiday allowance equal to a day’s wage, but not more than 1/2 of the wage for employees or 13 days’ wage for day workers.
The employer is obliged to advance wages and pay benefits at the start of the holiday. In the event that the employer does not provide the vacation requested by the employee, he must pay wages for the vacation period with a 100% supplement.