EU: New Rules for Minimum Wage Levels

September 22, 2022 Jessie Butchley

Key Points  

  • The European Parliament implemented new rules aimed at protecting the rights of workers throughout the European Union  

Overview 

The European Parliament adopted new rules for minimum wage requirements for member states throughout the European Union (EU). The rules specifically focus on the following: 

  • Member states will need to set a statutory minimum wage to at least 60 % of the gross median wage and 50 % of the gross average wage. This may result in increases in minimum wage in some European countries.  
  • Member states where fewer than 80 % of workers are covered by collective bargaining will have to establish an action plan to increase coverage for workers.  
  • Member states have been advised to establish enforcement systems that will include reliable monitoring and appropriate penalties.   

According to the update, EU member states with minimum wages that are already protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obligated to introduce these new rules.   

For additional information on the new legislation, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

The European Parliament implemented new rules aimed at protecting the rights of workers throughout the European Union. According to the EU, the new legislation aims to better protect working and living conditions for all workers throughout the EU, as well as promote economic and social progress by strengthening collective bargaining abilities. Member states are expected to respect national wage-setting practices.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the European Commission’s website and Envoy’s website for additional information and updates.   


Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative. 

About the Author

Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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