CMS Expert Guide to labour law in Central and Eastern Europe

The labour markets in most countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have been recording their lowest ever unemployment rates. In this climate, legislation is catching up with the standards of the wealthier western countries. Employee rights are on the rise and the CEE labour market continues to be one of the most dynamic in Europe.

Many of the changes being introduced to deal with technological change, not least the gig economy, have been warmly welcomed by the market. But it is still necessary to carefully manage change, including the ramifications of Brexit and other extraordinary political events. At the same time, shortages in the workforce in some regions are encouraging the migration of workers across borders, and expat matters are receiving more attention. There are, as ever, novel challenges to be confronted, but they are inspiring imaginative legislative solutions. What companies need in these turbulent times is a reliable and far-sighted guide to help them negotiate the rocky legal terrain and reach their long-term business goals.

This year CMS CEE is celebrating 30 years in which we have continuously provided our clients with one-stop professional employment law advice that ranges seamlessly across jurisdictions. CMS has offices in eight EU countries, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Turkey, and the four EU candidate countries of Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia. Our experience and grasp of the legislative intricacies of the labour markets in this region is unmatched by any other law firm. CMS teams in all CEE offices are ready and able to give clients support in all legal areas.

We hope you will find the current guide useful in handling general employment matters. For further, more specific guidance, please reach out to your regular CMS contact or e-mail us at [email protected].

Dr. Bernhard Hainz
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Vienna

Katarzyna Dulewicz
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Warsaw

CMS Employment Practice Area Group
Vienna, November 2019


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Bernhard Hainz
Attorney-at-law for employment law
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Katarzyna Dulewicz
Head of Employment, CEE