What are my rights as an employee?
You must always have a contract of employment with information about salary, working hours, and the collective agreement in force. You must also always be informed of the company's rules about absence due to sickness. When in doubt, ask your shop steward in the company or your trade union NNF about your rights.
How much should I be paid?
The collective agreement between NNF and the employers shows your salary. Fundamentally, employees working under the same collective agreement have the right to equal salary for equal work.
How much holiday am I entitled to?
You are always entitled to at least five weeks' holiday a year. You earn a holiday allowance paid by the employer according to the period you have been working in Denmark. Holiday allowance earned in a certain calendar year will be paid the following year. If you stop working in Denmark, the employer will pay you the holiday allowance earned.
Is a special permit necessary to work in
The rules vary depending on your native country. If a work and/ or residence permit is required, your employer should see to this within four weeks after you start working in Denmark.
Are foreign workers covered by the Danish rules on
Yes, being employed in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish rules on sickness benefit.
Am I covered by the Danish rules on industrial
Yes, being employed in Denmark, the Danish rules cover you, too. Should you have an industrial accident, please contact immediately your local NNF Branch.
Am I to pay taxes in Denmark?
Yes, when you work in Denmark, you must pay taxes in Denmark. You can get a tax deduction for driving between your residence and your work. And you can deduct the trade union dues from your taxes. There are special rules for employees working in Denmark and residing abroad.
Am I entitled to old age pension from Denmark if I go
Yes, you can apply for old age pension in accordance with the number of years which you have been working in Denmark. You should apply from your native country.
Could I drive my own car, registered in my native country, in
Denmark in connection with my work?
Yes, as long as you have a permanent address in your native country. If you move to Denmark you will have to contact the National Police within a fortnight (phone 33 14 88 88). After January 1, 2008, this area will be moved to SKAT (the Danish Tax Authorities). If you have any questions, you could contact your local NNF Branch for assistance.
How is my position in case I have a car accident on my
way home or on my way to Denmark?
You are subject to the Danish rules on sickness benefit, but you may have problems with the language when filling in the forms. Feel free to contact your local NNF Branch.
How much does it cost to be a member of the trade union
The price varies depending on which local NNF branch you would belong to. Therefore you should ask your shop steward or your local NNF Branch. The price is the same whether you are married or live alone. The dues can be deducted from your taxes.
Does the trade union NNF employ people speaking other
languages than Danish?
Some employees speak German and/or English. And NNF cooperates with interpreters who can translate to other languages. NNF tries to give the same good service to all members, but it may take a bit longer to treat your enquiry if we have to get hold of an interpreter first.
Can I join a Danish unemployment fund and be entitled to
Yes, you can become a member of NNF's unemployment fund when you work in Denmark. To be entitled to unemployment benefit you would have to be a member of the unemployment fund for at least one year and have had 1924 working hours. If you lose your job, you can stay in Denmark and look for another job while you receive unemployment benefit. You could also take the Danish unemployment benefit with you to your native country. Ask for the rules at NNF's unemployment fund.
Where can I obtain answers to other
Further Information (link til www.nnf.dk/working_in_denmark/further_information