We all need a little time off now and then. Whether I want to spend my holiday hiking through the Black Forest, soaking up the sun in Lisbon, or simply curling up with a good book at home, being an employee in the EU entitles me to a minimum of four weeks paid leave. All I need to do is choose how to use it!
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MY WORKING RIGHTS. MY LIFE.
Get paid holiday, maternity leave, and other benefits when working in the EU
Life can have a bad habit of surprising us. Broken arm? Sudden illness? Lost my job? Whatever the misfortune, being an EU citizen entitles me to social security protection such as sick pay or unemployment benefits. The EU has put safety nets in place to help me through difficult periods.
I spend a lot of time at work, so the EU requires my employer to respect my rights in return. They must pay me fairly, provide safe, respectful working conditions, and make me work no more than 48 hours per week. It’s my right to work in a pleasant environment, and in a way that doesn’t cause me to burn out.
Being a parent is a full-time job, but I care about my career too. I want to find the right balance between work and private life. EU laws provide that women and men can take four months of parental leave. And all pregnant women are entitled to at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Think it’s unfair if a colleague sprints up the career ladder purely as a result of their gender? So does the EU. Equal opportunities for both women and men is something that the EU expects of all businesses. Both women and men also have the right to equal pay for equal work.
From computers to building sites, we encounter many risks in our working lives that could potentially pose a threat on a daily basis. To keep us safe at work, the EU put into place safety requirements. This may be something simple like wearing a hardhat or ensuring that electrical equipment is tested, or it could involve training courses and knowledge sharing. Either way, it means I can do my job without my safety being put in jeopardy.
How it works
Engineer, retail assistant, professor, nurse, or plumber; however I make my living, if I work in the EU then I’m entitled to be treated fairly. My rights – such as having four weeks holiday or social security benefits if I lose my job as an employee – are all set out in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Pillar of Social Rights. The protection that the EU provides helps me to manage whatever surprises come along in my working life.
Did you know
The number of workers in the European Union.
The number of pieces of EU legislation that protect workers’ rights.
The average amount of GDP spent on social protection, like parental leave or sick pay, in the EU.
The maximum number of hours an employee in the EU can work each week.
the average amount of paid holiday across the EU, with 20 being the legal minimum.
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