Do you employ hourly-paid staff? Be aware of the new rules

If you have hourly-paid staff who only work a few hours a week, for example student workers, AU has introduced new rules on employment contracts for these workers that you need to be aware of.

[Translate to English:] Foto: Lars Kruse

From 1 July 2023, new Danish legislation comes into force that means that more employees than previously must have an employment contract – including many of those who are only employed for a few hours a week. 

  • All staff who work more than three hours per week on average over a reference period of four consecutive weeks must have an employment contract. Previously, the limit was eight hours per week.
  • New staff members must receive their employment contract no later than seven days after they start work. Previously, the deadline was four weeks.

The new rules mean that you will need to inform the person in your unit who edits the employee master data registration system (medarbejderstamkort) that a new staff member will be starting well in advance of their first day on the job. This will ensure that HR can prepare the employment contract in time. More detailed guidelines for these deadlines should be decided at local level. 

If you have any questions, please contact your local HR department or the person responsible for HR matters in your unit.

The new Danish legislation on employment contracts has been amended as a result of a new EU directive, which aims to create transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU.