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A lower salary for staff under the age of 18 is lawful

By Morten Ulrich

Last week the Danish Supreme Court published its decision in the so-called Irma-case. The Supreme Court held that young people under the age of 18, who are subject to a collective agreement, may be paid a considerably lower salary than colleagues who are over the age of 18. The Supreme Court’s decision marks the end of a case which is of great significance to the Danish labour market and the value which companies can attach to collective agreements.

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