At 415 euros gross for those who are paid the lowest – 2024-04-07 07:24:09

“The Easter gift is 415 euros and is calculated on top of the entire new minimum wage of 830 euros (s.s. which applies from 1.04.2024”) noted the Minister of Labour, Domna Michailidou, speaking to ANT1 today (06.04.24).

“Those employers who do not give the Easter gift of 415 euros are illegal. And we can now see this automatically through ERGANIS, where we see and control all payrolls,” said Ms. Michailidou.

Based on the GSEE’s KEPEA, in accordance with the current legislation, all employees who are employed in the private sector with an open-ended or fixed-term, full-time or part-time dependent work relationship with any employer are entitled to an Easter gift.

When is the Easter gift paid?

The Easter gift is paid on Holy Wednesday, of course it is understood that the employer can pay the gift earlier than the above date. For the Easter gift, contributions in favor of EFKA (IKA) and Wage Tax are given. The Easter Gift may under no circumstances be paid in kind, but only in money.

In the event that the Christmas Gift is not paid on time, the employees and/or the unions can and must appeal to the relevant Labor Inspectorate in order to draw up a complaint. The complaint is forwarded to the Public Prosecutor for individual prosecution against the employer, while at the same time it is also forwarded to the relevant police department for initiation of the automatic procedure.

Employees and/or their unions have the right to file a complaint directly with the relevant police department and request the application of the automatic procedure.

It should be noted that the petition should include the details of the business and the address of the employer, if possible, given that the autoforo process takes 48 hours.

In any case of non-payment of the Easter gift, within the set deadline, the Social Labor Inspectors of S.E.P.E have an obligation to intervene immediately, carrying out checks and to be fully prepared, for the exercise of the self-imposed procedure and the enforcement of the relevant sanctions.

How is the Easter gift calculated?

For the calculation of the amount of the Easter gift, the method of remuneration of the employees is taken into account, i.e. whether they are paid a daily wage or a salary. The time period for which the gift is calculated starts from January 1st to April 30th of each year. Therefore, if the employment relationship lasted the entire period of time, the employee is entitled to receive half a monthly salary if he is paid a salary and 15 days’ wages if he is paid a daily wage.

However, in the event that the employment relationship of an employee with his employer did not last the entire aforementioned period, he is entitled to receive a proportion of the gift which is calculated as follows: In the case of a salaried employee, an amount equal to 1/15 of half the monthly salary or a daily wage, for those who are paid a daily wage for every 8 (eight) calendar days of the duration of the employment relationship. In the event that the employment relationship lasts less than eight days, he is entitled to a corresponding portion for the Easter Gift.

Except in the case that the work was provided without interruption throughout the period from January 1 to April 30, this period also includes all the days that the employees are legally absent from their work (e.g. with annual leave, with maternity leave , with a study permit). Especially regarding the absence of employees due to illness, the “three days of sickness” are included in the calculation period of the Easter gift, i.e. the time of absence during which no sick pay is paid, while the periods paid by the insurance company sick pay are deducted. Example: If an employee was absent from work due to illness for 60 days and received sickness benefit from his insurance fund for 40 days, only the 40 days for which he was subsidized and not the 60 will be deducted from the period of employment.

The Easter gift is calculated based on the actually paid regular wages on the 15th day before Easter, as long as they are equal to or higher than the legal ones. In case the employment relationship has been terminated before the above date, the Easter Gift is calculated based on the wages paid on the day the employment relationship was terminated. Regular remuneration is considered the salary or daily wage as well as any other benefit (whether in money or in kind) paid by the employer as a contractual or legal consideration for the work provided regularly every month or repeated periodically at certain intervals of the year.

Regular wages include, among other things, pay for regular legal overtime work, overtime, work on Sundays, holidays, night hours, productivity bonuses, housing allowance, etc. when granted repeatedly at regular intervals, etc. Regular wages include and the leave allowance. Therefore, the employee will receive the Easter Gift increased by the leave factor which amounts to 0.04166. Example: an employee with an Easter gift of 900 euros, with the increase in the leave rate should get 938 euros

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