Due to labour mobility, more and more dedicated and qualified people from the new EU member states are coming to Hamburg. Yet, frequently they aren’t sufficiently familiar with local working conditions and labour laws.
The Information Centre Labour Mobility offers counselling and assistance to employed persons from all EU countries, particularly from the new member states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary as well as Bulgaria and Romania on
- labour law
- social law
- wages and standard rates
- social security
- law on taxation
- Trade Union activities
- and more.
Counselling is free and is addressed to:
- employees from other EU countries working in Hamburg within the context of labour mobility,
- employees posted to Hamburg by employers in their home country or by temporary employment agencies,
- free-lancers from other EU countries planning to launch their own businesses in Hamburg.
Labour mobility is one of four fundamental rights in the European Single Market, including free movement of goods, services, capital and cash flow as well as free movement of persons. Therefore, all EU citizens are entitled to work in every member state subject to identical conditions as resident citizens. Discrimination against employees from other EU countries vis-à-vis employees from Germany is not allowed.
Special conditions for persons from Bulgaria und Romania
Since May 1, 2011 labour mobility applies to employees from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. To persons from Bulgaria and Romania – EU members since 2007 only – labour mobility will apply from 2014. Up to this date, restricted regulations are in place.
The Information Centre Free Labour Mobility is co-funded by Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration
(Agency for Labour, Social Issues, Family and Integration) and by the European Social Fund (ESF)