Employment rights and work organisation

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Employment rights and work organisation

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Employment rights and work organisation


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Employment rights and work organisation

The European Union has minimum requirements in the field of labour rights and work organisation. These requirements concern collective redundancies, insolvency and the transfer of undertakings, the consultation and information of workers, working hours, equal treatment and pay, and posted workers. They have been supplemented by framework agreements between the European social partners. This has led to the introduction throughout the EU of the right to parental leave and leave for family reasons, and has facilitated part-time work and limited the use of successive fixed-term contracts. Lastly, the concept of corporate social responsability encourages businesses to adopt good practices in the social field on a voluntary basis. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions makes recommendations to the political decision-makers.


  • Collective redundancies
  • Protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer
  • Safeguarding employees’ rights in the event of transfers of undertakings
  • Obligation to inform employees of applicable working conditions
  • Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services
  • Strengthening of maritime labour standards
  • Equal pay
  • Equal treatment in employment and occupation
  • Green Paper on the European Workforce for Health
  • Green Paper on Modernising Labour Law
  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND)


  • Organisation of working time: basic Directive

Sectoral provisions

  • Driving time in the road transport sector
  • Organisation of working time in respect of road transport activities
  • Organisation of working time of mobile workers in civil aviation
  • Working conditions of mobile workers engaged in interoperable cross-border services in the railway sector
  • Reassessing the regulatory social framework for more and better seafaring jobs in the EU
  • Organisation of seafarers’ working time
  • Organisation of hours of work on board ships using Community ports

Framework agreements resulting from inter-disciplinary dialogue

  • Parental leave
  • Parental leave and leave for family reasons
  • Part-time working
  • Fixed-term work
  • Equal treatment of temporary workers
  • Teleworking


  • A European strategy 2011-2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Promoting corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate social responsibility: a business contribution to sustainable development.
  • Green Paper on corporate social responsibility

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