European Works Council

Key Points

•   A European Works Council (a “EWC”) is a body that facilitates information and consultation with employees on transnational European issues.

•   EWCs are generally composed of employee representatives from each country that is a member of either or both of the European Union and the European Economic Area in which a business has employees (a “Member State”).

•   EWCs operate separately from national information and consultation bodies.

•   EWCs derive from Directive 2009/38/EC (the “EWC Directive”) and the EWC Directive has been transposed into the law of the United Kingdom by the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employee Regulations 1999 (as amended) (“TICER”).

•   This card details the legal position for employers without a EWC before by 5 June 2011. Separate rules apply to EWCs established before that date.

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