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Posted workers

You’re a ‘posted worker’ if your employer temporarily sends you from one European Economic Area (EEA) country to another.

Protection for posted workers

Your employer must follow some of the employment rules of the country you’ve been posted to. These are the ones relating to:

  • maximum work periods and minimum rest periods
  • minimum paid annual holidays
  • the minimum rates of pay (including overtime)
  • health and safety at work
  • protection for women who are pregnant or have just given birth
  • equal treatment for men and women and other rules to prevent discrimination
  • hiring out agency workers

If the country you’re posted to has a higher minimum wage, your employer must give you that rate or higher.

Your employer is allowed to offer you better employment terms and conditions than the minimum in the country you’ve been posted to.