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The Danish government has approved the introduction of a Temporary Employment Act, which will come into force on the 1st July 2013. This Act will ensure parity between permanent and temporary employees.
Implemented in response to a European Union directive, the new law entitles temporary workers to the same terms and conditions they would receive as permanent employees. The new act also includes foreign employment agencies that provide temporary workers to Denmark.
There are, however, caveats to the new legislation that exclude some temporary workers from benefitting from the new employment act. It includes those covering maternity positions not hired through an employment agency, employees on short term contracts, employees who work for sub-contractors, and employees who have been seconded to a temporary position.
In addition to the above list of exemptions are employees, who are already covered by a collective agreement with their employer. Collective agreements contain employment terms and conditions, covering aspects such as wages, working hours, overtime pay, holidays, pension and notice periods. The majority of Danes are members of a trade union.
Danish Chamber of Commerce director, Charlotte North, is pleased that the Danish employment model has been respected. “Temporary workers who are not protected by a collective agreement are now protected by law. Temporary employees and employment agencies both view this as positive and beneficial to the industry because it protects temporary workers and ensures fair competition,” she said.