Question from artemis, Can an Employer in Cyprus Force Unpaid Leave of Over a Month to Some Employees?
Answer from AI:
In general, the employment relationship in Cyprus is governed by the Termination of Employment Law of 1967, as amended (Law No. 24/67). This law outlines the rights and obligations of both employers and employees, including matters related to leave.
Unpaid Leave Under Cyprus Law
Under Cyprus law, an employer cannot force an employee to take unpaid leave without the employee’s consent. The law emphasizes the principle of mutual consent in employment relationships. This means that any significant changes to the terms of employment, such as imposing a period of unpaid leave, should be agreed upon by both parties.
Exceptions to the Rule
There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule. For instance, in extraordinary circumstances such as a pandemic or a natural disaster, an employer may be able to impose unpaid leave as a measure to prevent layoffs. This would typically require consultation with employees and possibly with trade unions or other representative bodies.
Steps to Take if Forced into Unpaid Leave
If you find yourself in a situation where your employer is trying to force you into unpaid leave, you may want to:
- Consult with a legal professional: A lawyer can provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.
- Reach out to your trade union: If you are a member of a trade union, they may be able to provide support and guidance.
- Contact the Department of Labour Relations: This government body can provide information and assistance on employment matters.
For more information on employment rights in Cyprus, you can refer to the Department of Labour Relations website.
Please note that this information is intended as a general guide and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a legal professional for advice tailored to your specific circumstances.