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Denmark: Contracts of employment

Updating author: Lise Lauridsen, Bech-Bruun
Original author: Yvonne Frederiksen, Norrbom Vinding

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  • Information about the employment relationship must be communicated in writing to the employee. (See General)
  • There is a statutory maximum probationary period of three months for white-collar employees and a statutory maximum probationary period of six months for other 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 seven days 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)