Topical updates summarise and update developments around selected topics, which are relevant across a number of Member States at the same time. They are mainly based on reporting from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents.
Most EU Member States have a statutory minimum wage which sets the lowest legal amount of pay for all employees (some also have specific lower minimum levels for certain groups of workers, mainly younger ones). Germany joined this group of countries on 1 January 2015. This has triggered some debate in those countries which have minimum wage levels set within collective agreements. The implementation and enforcement of the German legal minimum wage will have impacts not only at national level but even, as already seen through the discussions raised in the road transport sector, at pan-European level, especially with regard to the posting of workers. This article presents the most recent data on statutory minimum wages, applicable on 1 January 2015 (see table), and an overview of the discussions leading to the final settlements made in 2014.
In November 2010, the Employment Committee (EMCO) issued a report (239Kb PDF)  on the quality of work  in the European Union. The report was based on the findings of a thematic review held in June 2010 which aimed to examine and exchange experiences about labour market policies intended to promote quality of work with a focus on measures designed to manage the recent economic crisis.  http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=6441&langId=en  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/quality-of-work
On 5 February 2010, the European social partners in the construction sector – namely, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW ) on the trade union side and the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC ) for employers – issued a set of joint conclusions and recommendations  on self-employment and bogus self-employment in the construction sector. The joint text was issued in the context of European-wide research  carried out by EFBWW and FIEC on this issue.  http://www.efbww.org/  http://www.fiec.org/  http://www.fiec.org/Content/Default.asp?PageID=28  http://www.efbww.org/default.asp?Issue=Self-employment%20and%20Bogus%20Self-employment&Language=EN