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Denmark: Contracts of employment

Updating author: Lise Lauridsen, Bech-Bruun
Consultant editor: Mette Søsted
Original author: Yvonne Frederiksen, Norrbom Vinding


  • There are no statutory requirements as to the form or content of individual employment contracts. (See General)
  • There is a statutory maximum probationary period of three months for white-collar employees. (See Probationary periods)
  • There is a distinction in employment law between white-collar (salaried) employees, who are covered by specific legislation giving them minimum entitlements in various areas, and blue-collar employees whose employment conditions are largely regulated by collective agreements. (See Types of contract)
  • Employers must provide employees with written details of all essential conditions applicable to the employment relationship within one month of the start of employment. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • If an employer wishes to make any material changes to the employment contract, it must provide proper notice equivalent to the employee's notice period for termination. (See Variation of contract)