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Letting staff go

Employment contracts can end by mutual agreement between employer and employee or by the decision of one of these parties. Whatever the situation, both parties must observe a number of rules and complete a number of formalities.

The website of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue contains information on all scenarios and procedures at the end of an employment contract (FR/NL)External link.

The website also publishes information on what happens when you end an employment contractOpens in new windowExternal link.

An alternative source of more detailed information is the Employment contracts page in this section.

Employees aged 45 and over

Employers are obliged by law to provide outplacement services to departing employees aged 45 and over.
The ONEM website provides legal information about outplacement (FR/NL)External link.

Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue

Rue Ernest Blérot, 1, 1070 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 233 41 11
Fax: +32 (02 233 44 88

The regional inspectorates (social legislation compliance checks and well-being at work checks) of the Public Federal Service are open to the public Wednesdays 9 am to 4.30 pm.