How are you managing your posted worker population?

Dealing with job postings in Europe does not have to be a headache

The number of employees being sent to work abroad within Europe is growing steadily, mirroring global trends. According to the latest figures available, in 2017 alone, 2.8 million workers were posted from one European Union country to another, an increase of 83 per cent on 2010.

To ensure a level playing field for employees and protect their rights when being sent abroad, the EU has been enhancing its rules and enforcement around the posting of workers since the regulations were established in 1996.

The latest directive on posted workers has to be transposed into national law by July 30, 2020 and as each European country updates their rules and regulations to meet the EU regulation, the compliance obligations for an employer increase. Additionally, since the application of the directive is left to the country itself, slightly different rules apply by country, making compliance more complex.

Failure to comply with the posting country requirements can lead to fines, bans on receiving short-term postings or countries reporting the names of transgressors publicly to encourage compliance.

For example, maximum fines per worker can range from €1,165 in Malta to €10,000 in Austria and Finland. Whereas being named and shamed as an organisation that is breaching rules around posted workers can be hugely damaging to corporate reputations. The reputational risk to a multinational of being exposed as not completing their registrations is huge.


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