EU employment law

EU law on gender equality in the workplace

The European Union (EU) legislation on the equal treatment of men and women in employment covers:

  • access to employment, including promotion
  • access to vocational training
  • working conditions, including pay
  • occupational social security schemes

As an employer you must provide equal pay, equal work or work of equal value. Pay includes not only wages/salary but also conditions attached to pay, eg overtime rules, and benefits, eg company cars and health insurance.

Note that each member state has implemented the EU law into its own legislation, so there may be local variations.

You can get advice on culture and laws in any EU country using the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). This is a network of business advice partner organisations across the EU. Find your nearest EEN partner organisation.

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.