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Main rules cross-border work and employment law

Which employment regulations are applicable to cross-border work?

An employer often bases the agreements with an employee on the rules that apply in the country where the company is located. Theoretically, this is permitted. But if the employee is working in a different country, some local employment regulations prevail. This may concern termination of employment, incapacity for work and company working hours (mandatory provisions).
Furthermore, for secondment, additional rules apply separately from any individual agreements between the employer and the employee.
  • Disclosure requirement
    The employer must issue an official declaration relating to the location, dates and identity of the employees working abroad.

  • Appointing a contact abroad
    The employer must designate a point of contact in the assignment country for institutions to approach, serving as the representative of the employer. In some countries, such as France, this contact must speak the local language.

  • Files at the workplace
    Certain documents such as pay slips and company working hours must be present at the workplace abroad.
The relevant obligations that apply for secondment are different in each country, in spite of all being derived from European rules. Please click here to find more details for some countries. The section below also lists the contact details of a party that can assist you.

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