The legal principles of Cypriot Labour Law are derived from Common law legislation and are complemented by the applicable Cypriot laws as well as by Contract law Cap. 149. The prevailing view remains that the provisions of Cypriot Labour Law are of mandatory character and cannot be undermined by private agreements signed between the parties which may either restrict or exclude the right safeguarded by law.
In addition, the employment relationship is, by its nature, peculiar and complicated and is constantly changing as the rights and obligations of the involved parties differentiate over time.
Pursuant to the Employer's Notification of the Terms and Conditions of the Contract or Work Plan Law of 2000 (Law 100 (I) / 2000) section 4 et seq, upon the commencement of employment each employer is obliged to inform the employees in writing of all the essential terms of the employment.
Furthermore, during the employment period there are more specific laws which determine the obligations and rights of the parties, such as The Employees with Fixed-Term Work (Prohibition of Discrimination) Law of 2003 (98 (I) / 2003), The Equal Treatment of Men and Women in Employment and Vocational Education Act 2002 (Law 205 (I)/2002, which ensure equality in the work environment. There are also laws that have been approved for the protection of the employee’s rights with regard to the salary, such as The Wage Protection Law of 2007 (35 (I) / 2007) and Τhe minimum wage of salary Law Cap.183.
Crucial to Cypriot Employment Law is The Termination of Employment Law of 1967 (24/1967), which lists the circumstances in which one can legally terminate an employment relationship as well as the circumstances where an employee may be dismissed as a redundant employee.
All disputes arising out of an employment relationship are settled by the Labour Disputes Court, which has been established by The Law on Annual Leave Permits of 1967 (8/1967).
Our law firm has been handling a multitude of labour cases, representing both employers and employees, not only in relation to the drafting of employment contracts and service agreements, but also with provisos and restrictive clauses, by handling employer-employee disputes before the Court. Additionally, we are involved in providing staff-related legal advice to businesses and we generally assist with various issues that may occur.