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Labour law across the EU has gradually . (1) Constitutional status of the rules on the right to work. (1) Ways of terminating an employment relationship. The employment relationship is the legal link between employers and employees . It exists when a person performs work or services under certain conditions in. Fixed and part time work including employment contracts. 4. EU legislation. 4 This fact sheet provides information on EU employment law. Information on both . conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship. The Directive .
However, employment relationships may not be as direct as employment contracts, and the modalities of remuneration are more diverse.
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What is an essential aspect of the employment relationship will depend on the nature of the relationship. The degree of specification required is variable. For example, the place of work need not be fixed Article 2 2 b ; there need be no work title - a brief description of the work will suffice Article 2 2 c ; leave and notice entitlements may be indicated through a procedure or method of determining them Article 2 2 f,g ; and relevant collective agreements only where appropriate Article 2 2 j.
However, there is required information on the date of commencement of the relationship Article 2 2 d ; if a temporary relationship, the expected duration Article 2 2 e ; remuneration entitlement Article 2 2 hwithin the broad sense of rewards described above, and normal working time Article 2 2 i.
What these elements of an employment relationship comprise is the recognition by EU labour law that work has taken new forms, which may not fall within the classical common law definition of contracts of employment. Such employment relationships are likely to fall within the scope of the EU labour law laid down in this Directive.
Directives Most EU employment law derives from directives setting out general principles which member states are then obliged to adopt into national law. The amount of time in which they have to do this varies, depending on the significance of the change.
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In practice the UK has sometimes missed the deadline dates by several months, as have other countries. For the Equal Treatment Framework Directive, for example, member states had three years to bring in laws making sex, race and sexual orientation discrimination unlawful, but they had four years for disability discrimination, and six years for age discrimination.
The UK already had well-established national laws covering race and disability discrimination, but new regulations had to be introduced to implement rights protecting against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, belief and age. On this occasion, the UK was ahead of schedule, bringing in regulations on 1 October separate regulations on Northern Ireland came into force on 5 December National governments have had considerable flexibility over how they give effect to directive principles.
Take for example, the Agency Workers Regulations They were drawn up by a Labour government. In the event, the regulations were implemented in their original form. So if a government fails to bring in legislation to implement a directive, or to implement the directive fully, public sector employees can challenge it in the courts.
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In fact, the ECJ has found the term 'emanation of the state' includes non-government employees working in corporations providing services under government supervision, such as water companies. In some cases, these employees can rely entirely on the wording of a directive and not on the statute implementing it when pursuing tribunal cases.
The same is not true of employees in the private sector.
The government itself can be challenged in court on the grounds that it has failed to implement a directive fully. Infor example, the then Equal Opportunities Commission EOC effectively forced the government to bring forward the Sex Discrimination Amendment Regulations extending sexual harassment and maternity leave rights which the EOC claimed were needed for the UK to comply fully with the sex discrimination directives.
Sometimes, governments revisit areas of employment regulation which derive from EU directives and amend them they can do this provided the basic requirements of the original directive are still met.
The Coalition government modified regulations introduced under the previous Labour government which went further in regulating employment practices than was strictly required by the relevant directive. These amending treaties refer to two so-called 'main treaties' setting out the constitutional arrangements of the EU in detail: The country is not part of the EU, but it is part of the European Economic Area EEAand as such bound by the vast majority of EU employment law as a condition for its trade agreements.
The European court of justice, furthermore, fulfils the same judicial function as it does in the EU member states. Much of UK employment law which originated from the EU has become workplace norms. The level of protection afforded to workers is so woven into the fabric of the employment relationship that their wholesale removal would not only be unexpected by employers, but would be politically unthinkable for any government.
A good example of this is in relation to discrimination law.
The EU framework directive on discrimination in significantly changed UK law, introducing new protected categories so employers cannot now discriminate based on age, sexual orientation or religion.
And there are other examples: A government which tinkers with such matters will do so at its peril. There are many areas of UK employment law that do not derive from Europeand therefore would not be affected by a Brexit. These include unfair dismissal protection, the national minimum wage, and unlawful deductions of pay. In some cases, the UK has even enhanced the rights given to workers which goes beyond what was required by European directives.