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: The UK has left the EU and there is now a transition period until the end of 2020. This information is still current but could change. Any changes will be documented here. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.

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