Posting - foreign labour in Sweden
Since June 1, 2017 there are new rules regarding posting. The purpose of the changes to the legislation is to strengthen the position of collective agreements in order for the Swedish labour market model to function better in terms of protection of posted employees. The following is a brief summary of the changes:
- Lex Laval has been repealed, which means that trade unions are able to take industrial action even where an employer can show that he or she offers conditions equivalent to the minimum conditions in a central collective agreement.
- Employers who post employees are obligated to, upon request by a trade union, appoint a representative who is authorised to negotiate and enter into collective agreements.
- Posted employees who are not members of a Swedish trade union are now entitled to certain conditions in a collective agreement if the posting employer has entered into a Swedish collective agreement with a Swedish trade union.
- Posted employees are protected against punitive action, which means that a posting employer cannot take punitive action against employees who have commenced legal or administrative action concerning work and employment conditions under the posting legislation or in collective agreements.
- Employees’ and employers’ organizations are obliged to register a contact person/contact function with the Work Environment Authority. The role of the contact person is to inform the organization about work and employment conditions that can be demanded through industrial action.
Registry for posting
Does your company provide services in Sweden? Foreign employers must report postings as well as a contact person to a registry when they send employees to work here.
Are you employed in Sweden?
If you are employed in Sweden and will be posted in another country, you will need to look for information about the regulations that apply in the country to which you will be posted. You can contact the country’s embassy or search for information online.
On the European Commission's website, you can find most of the EU countries’ websites on posting. These are also the partner offices of the Swedish Work Environment Authority.
We are a contact authority
The Swedish Work Environment Authority is the liaison office (contact authority) in Sweden when it comes to posting. We provide information about the terms of work and employment that are valid in Sweden. We also cooperate with other liaison offices in other countries.
If you want to get into contact with other liaison offices in Europe, turn to the European Commission.
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us.
Obligation to report postings
The Work Environment Authority has a national posting registry in which you as an employer must register your posted employees.
Are you going to be posted to another country?
If you are employed in Sweden and will be posted to another country, we advise you to look for information about the rules that apply in the country to which you will be posted.
Last updated 2017-10-04