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Ensuring more transparent and predictable working conditions [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Monika Kiss (2nd edition, updated on 11.4.2019),

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An employer’s obligation to inform their employees on the conditions applicable to their contracts is regulated by Directive 91/533/EEC. Major shifts in the labour market due to demographic trends and digitalisation, spawning a growing number of non-standard employment relationships, have made it necessary to revise the directive.

The European Commission has responded to the need for change with a proposal aimed at updating and extending the information on employment-related obligations and working conditions, and at creating new minimum standards for all employed workers, including those on atypical contracts. In the European Parliament, the Committee for Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) has adopted a report focused on the scope of the directive, on employees’ working hours and the conditions for making information available to them, and on employers’ responsibilities.

The provisional agreement concluded in trilogue between European Parliament and the Council negotiators sets, among other things, new rules on the scope of the directive, the date of providing information, the length of probatory periods, and regulates working conditions in the case of variable working schedules. This agreement now needs to be approved by Parliament in plenary.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union
Committee responsible: Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) COM(2017) 797
Rapporteur: Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE, Spain) 2017/0355(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Dennis Radtke (EPP, Germany)
Javi López (S&D, Spain)
Anthea McIntyre (ECR, United Kingdom)
Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Tamás Meszerics (Greens/EFA, Hungary)
Laura Agea (EFDD, Italy)
Joëlle Mélin (ENF, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

voted in Plenary

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