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Secondment of employees to Greece

1) Labor law procedures to be followed by the Employer Declaration to the competent office of the Labor Inspectorate (Ministry of Labor) for the secondment of the employees. Please note that: - the competent office is the office which serves the working area - the declaration must be submitted before the employees start work Αll required documents can be forwarded via e-mail to the competent office and a protocol number will be received for the submission. Νο appointment or visit in person is required. The documents required are the following a) A solemn declaration with the following information: - Name of the employer, registered seat, legal form - Personal...

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Gross negligence under Greek law

Gross negligence in Greek law is not explicitly defined in the Civil Code. It is derived from the combined application of articles 330, 332 and 334 of the Civil code. In the lack of an express definition and specific criteria for it, gross negligence is deemed to exist when the deviation from the behavior of an ordinary person is important, unusual and especially great, indicating a total disregard of the acting person for the illegal consequences incurred by his act to a third party by. Gross negligence is an abstract legal notion, and hence a court’s ruling as to whether...

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Negligence under Greek Civil law

Simple negligence, in contract or tort, defines the liability of a person whose actions or omissions gave rise to damage, when he did not show the necessary degree of care required in transactions, as a reasonable man would show in the course of his professional activity. Gross negligence is when the deviation from the expected behavior of the average reasonable man is important, unusual and especially grave, and indicates a complete lack of interest of the person at fault for the unlawful consequences that his actions or omissions will incur to third parties. The definition of gross negligence is legally vague, it...

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Granting and renewal of residence permits for investment activity (Article 16 of Law 4251/2014)

C.1.        Third country nationals who have made an investment in one of the following categories are permitted to enter and reside in Greece. A capital contribution amounting to a minimum of four hundred thousand euros (400,000) to a company with registered office or an establishment in Greece, with the exception of portfolio investment companies and – without prejudice to subparagraph b – real estate investment companies, for the acquisition of shares in a share capital increase or bonds that are, at the time of issue, admitted for trading on regulated markets or multilateral trading mechanisms that operate in Greece. The...

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Incentive for individuals (employees & sole traders) to transfer their tax residence to Greece

New article 5C of the Income Tax Code By virtue of Article 40(1) of Law 4758/2020, a new article 5C is added to the Income Tax Code, which provides a special method for taxing income from salaried work and business activity, acquired in Greece by natural persons who transfer their tax residence to Greece. The new provision provides for the following: 1. Any taxpayer, being a natural person, who transfers his/her tax residence to Greece shall be subject to taxation, as specified in paragraph 2 regarding income from salaried work acquired in Greece within the meaning of Article 5(1)(a), where all the conditions...

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Calculation of the dismissal compensation

According to the explicit provision of the Law (article 5 L.3198 / 1955), the calculation of the dismissal compensation is done based on the regular salary of the employee during the last month with full-time status. “Regular salary” is defined as remuneration (legal or contractual) paid regularly and uninterruptedly to employees in exchange for the work they provide. Thus, regular salary includes not only the main salary, but also any other benefit, either in cash or in kind, which is given in addition to the salary during the employment contract, such as e.g. overtime, family allowances, food, housing, etc. However, in...

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Issues related to annual regular leave to employees

The time for granting the leave Under the current provisions, the employer is obliged to grant the leave to the employee, even if he/she does not accept it, by the 31st of December of each year. The document number 50239/77 issued by the Ministry of Labor, had accepted that the leave could be extended for a few days in the next year, in case the days are not sufficient until the 31st of December for the exhaustion of the leave, if the employee who will receive the leave has either returned from illness or from maternity leave in the last month (and...

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Part-time work (legislative framework – provisions analysis)

Part-time work is a form of flexible work, which was introduced for the first time by Greek Law 1892/1990 as a means of combating unemployment. It is based on the standard “dependent work” model but with a derogation from one parameter (working time). Since then, this specific form of work has been retained in effect and regulated by various legislative provisions (Law 2639/1998, Law 2847/2000, Law 2956/2001, Law 3174/2003, Law 3250/2004). The last amendment (effected by Article 59 of Law 4635/2019) regulated the concept of part-time work on a new basis, codified existing provisions and introduced new measures to protect employees. I. Definitions “Part-time...

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Required documents for the Greek tax registration number (A.F.M.) issuance

The required documents to apply an individual for a Greek tax registration number (A.F.M.) in Greece are the following: 1. Form M1 "Application for tax number/ Change of Personal Data", including the following information: • personal information, ie surname, father name, date of birth, place of birth; • identity information, ie number of passport, date and authority of issuance; • nationality, profession and marital status; 2. Current residence address in Greece; it is not required any document proving your address in Greece (ie lease contract etc). The residence determines the local competence of tax office. 3. A transcript of your passport or your identity card. The above...

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Alternative taxation of income generated abroad for individuals who transfer their tax residence to Greece [Article 5A of Law 4172/2013]

A taxpayer (who is a natural person) who transfers his or her tax residence to Greece can be taxed in an alternative manner for income generated abroad, in other words all income not generated in Greece, provided all the following conditions are met: a) he or she was not tax resident in Greece during 7 of the previous 8 years prior to transfer of his or her tax residency to Greece, which is examined based on the records held by the tax administration and b) he or she proves that he/she or his/her relative (spouse and persons in the ascending or descending...

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