Last checked: 02/01/2023

Employment contracts

When you hire staff you must respect the minimum requirements set by EU employment law about the terms of employment for staff, changes to work contracts and staff consultation.

In addition to full time contracts, you can offer your staff other types of work contracts. You must remember to follow the principle of non-discrimination when using non-standard forms of employment. Non-standard or other types of work contracts can include:

When you lay off staff, you have specific obligations regarding collective redundancies. If you hire young workers, you must respect specific rules for the employment of workers under 18 years.


Some EU countries may provide higher levels of protection for workers. To ensure you fully understand your obligations as an employer please check with the national employment authority in your country.

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