EU employment law


European Union (EU) employment law protects the rights of workers across the EU.

It covers areas such as:

  • conditions of employment eg working time, part-time and fixed-term work, posting of workers, discrimination, equal pay and the protection of pregnant workers
  • informing and consulting workers in collective redundancy and business transfer situations
  • protection of personal data

This guide will help you understand how these areas of employment are covered by EU laws, and how these laws may impact on your business if you plan to employ people elsewhere in the EU.

It's important to note that, although the laws apply to the whole of the EU, they often operate differently between member states owing to differences in the way the laws were implemented at the national level.

Important: This information is still current but could change as a result of the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Any changes will be documented here. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.