New notice periods during the first 6 months of employment
Prior to 2014, it was possible for parties to agree on a probationary clause when entering into an employment contract under Belgian law. However, this possibility was abolished by the Belgian Law on the unified status between white and blue-collar employees as from 1 January 2014.
In the bill on the economic recovery and the strengthening of social cohesion of 16 March 2018, the notice periods that an employer must provide if he wishes to terminate the employment contract of an employee with less than 6 months’ length of service are modified as of 1 May 2018.
The enclosed document provides an overview of the new notice periods.