The minister countered that simplifying employment rules would encourage employers to create more jobs. Greece has the European Union's highest unemployment rate, at around 17%. Following a general election in July, the new conservative government has promised to get slash regulation and create a more business-friendly legal framework, insisting that growth rates — forecast to be at 2.1% this year — are too low for a country emerging from a protracted recession and financial crisis.
Greece scraps legal need for lay-off justification
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new center-right government has scrapped legislation that required employers to provide a "well-founded" reason for dismissals. Labor Minister Giannis Vroutsis signed the change into effect Monday, abolishing the rules approved just three month by the previous left-wing government which had argued that justifying dismissals protected workers.