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Blue-collar and white-collar – Dismissals after the unified status


01 April 2014

Today, 1 April 2014, the new rules on unfair dismissal will enter into force.

This is the latest regulation in a series of reforms implemented since 1 January 2014 in order to harmonise the status of blue-collar and white-collar employees in Belgium.

Following a judgment of the Constitutional Court, the distinction between blue-collar and white-collar employees in terms of notice periods and the first day of sick leave for blue-collar employees (carenzdag) had to be removed. The result of this harmonisation exercise is the Act of 26 December 2013. This act introduces new dismissal rules both for blue-collar and white-collar employees. Subsequently, the social partners have concluded a CLA within the National Council of Labour regarding the substantiation of a dismissal (CLA n° 109). The new rules will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the HR policy of any company employing personnel in Belgium.

In order to help clients understand and apply the new rules, our Belgian Employment & Benefits team has produced an information package. The information is available on three dedicated microsites:

Please contact us if you would have any further questions.


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