GSEE: How Christmas and New Year are paid

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The holidays of Christmas and New Year, which are now considered as mandatory holidays under the current legislation (art. 4 BD 748/1966, article 42 L. 4554/2018 and article 60 L. 4808/2021) are the following: December 25 (Christmas), December 26 (second day of Christmas), January 1 (New Year) and January 6 (Epiphany).

On a day of mandatory holiday, the employment of employees and the operation of companies are prohibited, except for those that are legally operating on Sundays and holidays. It is also not legal to offset a day of rest due (break), with the day of mandatory holiday

Compensation for days off

• For businesses that do not operate:
In companies that do not operate, the usual wage is paid without any surcharge to those who are paid a wage, while to those who are paid a wage, their monthly salary is paid.

• For companies that operate legally:
Employees who will be employed are entitled to:
1) if they are paid a daily wage, their usual paid wage and a 75% surcharge that will be calculated on their legal hourly wage for as many hours as they work
2) in case the employees are paid with a monthly salary:
a) in the case of companies that are late on Sundays and public holidays and will operate exceptionally on mandatory holidays, 1/25 of 2 of their normally paid salary is due and an additional surcharge of 75% on the legal salary for the number of hours they work
b) in the case of companies that operate legally on Sundays and other holidays by law, only a surcharge of 75% is due, which is calculated at 1/25 of their legal salary for as many hours as they work.

In case more favorable terms apply (eg from BCC, Rules of Procedure, business custom or custom) regarding the increases in the remuneration for work on a mandatory holiday or Sunday, they prevail.

This year, December 26th coincides with Sunday, resulting in the following:

The following applies to employees who will be employed on December 26:
a) the wage earners will receive their regular wage and a 75% surcharge that will be calculated in their legal hourly wage, for as many hours as they work.
b) those on a monthly salary will receive as many hourly wages as they work and a 75% increase in their legal hourly wage.

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