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Greece: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating author: Christos A Ioannou

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  • Direct and indirect discrimination in access to employment is prohibited on various grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • Employers are obliged to notify vacancies to the public employment service. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Background checks on job applicants are subject to restrictions that arise from legislation on the protection of personal data and privacy of individuals. (See Data relating to candidates)
  • Selection criteria for a job must be clear, relevant to the job, justifiable and non-discriminatory. (See Selection)
  • A new employment relationship is legally binding only after the employee starts work or signs a written employment contract. (See Job offers)
  • The minimum age for "regular" employment is 15, and there are rules regarding the employment of young people aged 18 or under. (See Young people and children)
  • There are restrictions on recruiting nationals other than from the EU member states, the EEA countries or Switzerland. (See Foreign nationals)