Last checked: 18/02/2019

Employment contracts

UK decision to invoke Article 50 of the TEU: More information

As of 30 March 2019, all EU law will cease to apply to the UK, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, or the European Council and the UK decide unanimously to extend the two-year negotiation period. For more information about the legal repercussions for businesses:

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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