A posted worker is a worker who for a limited period, carries out his/her work in the territory of a Member State other than the State in which he/she normally works (Article 2 of the Directive 96/71). In most cases, serious infringements in matters of posted workers go hand in hand with underpayment, excessive working time, lack of rest periods, lack of preventive measures and non-compliance with regulations concerning social security and health insurance and underestimating the challenges in culturally and ethnically diverse workspaces. Access to information on rights and obligations is a key point for posted workers, in order to conduct their activities in respect to European legislation.
challenges in the
The COVID-19 outbreak put a particular set of challenges on posted workers in the EU. First, the transport restrictions and the border limitations of the free movement. Second, measures put in place to protect posted workers from the negative impact of the crisis.
Some of the measurements applied on classical employees, such as working remote or other arrangements are not particularly suites for posted workers, especially in the mechanical sector.
We invite you to find out more on the challenges of the pandemic context on posted workes, following our news section dedicated to this particular topic.
What is next
The global pandemic has accelerated the remote working trend. When employees return to their workspaces, their expectations and ways of working will be much different from the pre-2020 scenario.
Previsions show that the workforce of the future, including the posted workers framework, will be an adapted mix between full time, part time or temporary , open to remote work.