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Briefing Note on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions

May 28, 2018

Briefing Note on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions

The proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions is a direct follow-up to the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. It aims to set new rights for all workers, particularly addressing insufficient protection for workers in more precarious jobs, while limiting burdens on employers and maintaining labour market adaptability.


The Commission is proposing that all workers in the EU should have the right to:

  • more complete information on the essential aspects of the work, to be received by the worker, in writing, at the latest on the first day on the job (rather than up to two months afterwards),
  • a limit to the length of probationary periods at the beginning of the job,
  • seek additional employment, with a ban on exclusivity clauses and limits on incompatibility clauses,
  • know a reasonable period in advance when work will take place, for workers with very variable working schedules determined by the employer, as in the case if on-demand work,
  • receive a written reply to a request to transfer to another more secure job,
  • receive cost-free the mandatory training that the employer has a duty to provide.

The proposal aims to ensure that these rights cover all workers, including those in the most flexible non-standard and new forms of work such as zero-hour contracts, casual work, domestic work, voucher-based work or platform work.
It also comes with targeted provisions on enforcement, to make sure that workers in the workplace effectively benefit from these rights.

Read the Briefing Note here

The proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions is available in all EU languages. Read the full proposal here



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