(Article by Elianna Maratou, Junior Associate, ROKAS Athens)
An overview and critical evaluation of the most important changes brought by the new Labour Law 5053/2023, including its practical consequences on Labour relations.
There are always three parties involved in Labour law issues: employees, employers, and the society as a whole. Any ideal regulation therefore seeks to compromise in the best possible way their often-conflicting interests. For this reason, the evolutions in the field of Labour Law are always at the centre of discussions.
The recent Labour Law 5053/2023 dated 26 September 2023 introduces some radical changes in the Greek legal system, mainly in the field of individual Labour Law. This Law transposes, among others, the Directive 2019/1152, the purpose of which is to improve working conditions by promoting more transparent and predictable employment while ensuring labour market adaptability.
One of these important changes, which also raises an issue of an infringement of European law, was made to the provisions concerning the probationary period.