The Q&A gives a high level overview of the key practical issues including: employment status; background checks; permissions to work; contractual and implied terms of employment; minimum wages; restrictions on working time; illness and injury; rights of parents and carers; data protection; discrimination and harassment; dismissals; redundancies; taxation; employer and parent company liability; employee representation and consultation; consequence of business transfers; intellectual property; restraint of trade agreements and proposals for reform.
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Scope of employment regulation
- Do the main laws that regulate the employment relationship apply to:
- Foreign nationals working in your jurisdiction?
- Nationals of your jurisdiction working abroad?
Laws applicable to foreign nationals
The terms and conditions of employment of all foreign nationals must be the same as those for Cypriot nationals, and this is ensured by the model employment contracts required by the Ministry of Labour Welfare and Social Insurance. A valid work permit is required for a non-EU foreign national to legally work in Cyprus, and a serious criminal offence is committed if such permit is not obtained, which may result in a fine and/or imprisonment for both the employer and employee. However, EU nationals can work in Cyprus without any restrictions.
Laws applicable to nationals working abroad
Cypriots working abroad are subject to the law governing the employment contract, as well as the relevant host nation’s laws.