Work HCFA-TEAM February 16, 2023


Employment by the State

Positions in the public sector nationwide are available for patients with a disability rate of 50% and those with a child, sibling, or spouse with a disability rate of 67% or more. More  information here

Unemployment Card, Greek Public Employment Service (DYPA)

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis, who are not working and have a disability rate of at least 50%, are entitled to issue an Unemployment Card for the Disabled at the Employment Offices of Special Social Groups and the locally competent DYPA Services (formerly OAED) here.

The beneficiary can benefit from the provisions of Law 2643/98 for employment in the State and participate in training and employment programs aimed at people belonging to Special Social Groups.

Recruitment of Doctors & Health Professionals

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis who are graduates of Medicine, Dentistry, and Schools of Health Professions can request their appointment at any hospital or Health Center of the National Health System. Doctors suffering from Cystic Fibrosis have the right to practice their specialty in hospitals or clinics of their choice, and they are not obliged to work in the countryside.

Relevant legislation

Ν. 5007/2022- ΦΕΚ Τεύχος A’ 241/23.12.2022 (άρθρο 61)

(Ν. 2071/1992 – ΦΕΚ Α΄123, άρθρο 82, Ν.3918/2011 – ΦΕΚ Α’ 31, άρθρο 67 )

Reduced Working Hours
  • Private Sector

    Parents with children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, who work in an enterprise employing at least 50 people, have the right for each child to request a reduction of their working hours by one (1) hour per day, with a corresponding cut in their wages.

    Relevant legislation:  Ν.4808/2021 – ΦΕΚ Α’ 101 (άρθρο 41)


  • Public Sector

    All civil servants with a disability of 67% or more or have children with a disability rate of 67% or more, or have a spouse with a 100% disability rate whom they support, are entitled to reduced working hours by one (1) hour a day, without a corresponding cut in their wages.

    Relevant legislation: Ν.3731/2008 – ΦΕΚ 263/Α/23-12-2008 (άρθρο 30, παρ. 8)

    Public servants who have a spouse with a disability of 80% or more, whom they support, are entitled to reduced working hours by one (1) hour per day without a corresponding cut in their salaries.

    Relevant legislation Ν.4305/2014 – ΦΕΚ 237/31-10-2014 (άρθρο 27)

    Military personnel and military judges of the Armed Forces, who care for a child or spouse with a physical disability, are entitled to reduced working hours without a corresponding cut in salary if the disability is at least 67%.

    Government Gazette Issue:  ΦΕΚ Α 143 – Ν.3257/2004 (άρθρο 9)

Remote work

Cystic Fibrosis patients working in the public and private sectors may apply for telecommuting if the nature of their duties makes it possible to perform them remotely.

In the State, telework due to health problems cannot exceed a total of 88 days per calendar year, while exceptionally, after a specially reasoned opinion of the Health Committee, telework can be granted for a continuous period of 88 working days.

Correspondingly, remote working can last at most three months in the private sector. The period may be extended if the documented risk to the employee’s health continues.

More information about the public sector here and the private sector here.

  • Public Employees who suffer from or have a spouse or a child who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and needs periodic hospitalization are entitled to a special paid leave of up to 22 working days a year. Also, Public Employees with a disability percentage of 50% or more are entitled to an additional paid leave of six (6) working days. In addition, their sick leave can be doubled based on a medical opinion.

    Special parental leave of up to ten (10) days a year with pay is also provided for the parents of patients aged up to 18 with a disability rate of 67% or more who suffer from rare diseases, which include Cystic Fibrosis, as well as those need a transplant.