Portugal – National Regulations in Employment Law


We, the International Labour and Employment Group of Rödl & Partner, are happy to advise you on labour law issues (individual and collective) as well as social security law issues on a global, regional and local level. 
Below you will find basic information on national labour law provisions in Portugal. 

Interview with Filipe Lobo d’Avila

Are there national and/or local collective agreements in the country that regulate labour relations?

Yes. Both national and/or local, depending on the branch of activity and/or the geographical situation.

Are there different legal rules by department/canton?


Is there and what is the staff threshold above which the presence of staff representatives is mandatory?

No. But a possibility for workers to elect representatives in companies/local.

Are trade unions present in the company?

Not compulsory.

If applicable what is the applicable legal working time? 

40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.

Is there a minimum wage set by law/collective agreements (yes/no)? 

Yes. By the law and, if more favorable, by collective agreements.

What is the number of legal annual paid holidays?

22 days paid holiday paid year (counted from Monday to Friday).

Existence of specific classification of employees according to their functions/responsibilities? 

No. But can be determined by company. If applicable categories and specific job levels are defined by collective bargaining agreements.

Obligation to set up complementary social insurance schemes (mutual insurance/provident fund/pension)?

Yes. All workers must be registered to the mandatory workers’ social security body (“ISS”), and to the insurance against accidents at work.
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