The act on the unified status summarized: key changes

The Belgian Constitutional Court ruled on 7 July 2011 that the differences between blue collar workers and white collar employees regarding notice periods and the “carenz day” are discriminatory and, therefore, violate Articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution. The Court gave the legislator two years to remove those differences.

After intensive negotiations, steps have now been taken to end this discrimination between blue collar workers and white collar employees. The Act of 26 December 2013 concerning the introduction of a unified status for blue collar workers and white collar employees with regard to notice periods, the carenz day and related measures (the “Act”) was published in the Belgian State Gazette on 31 December 2013 and entered into force as of 1 January 2014.

Please click here to read more about the key changes introduced by the Act, which covers:

  • New dismissal rules
  • Abolition of trial period
  • Abolition of carenz day
  • Extension of the right to outplacement
  • Motivation for dismissal
  • Compensation for employers

If you have any questions, please contact Elke Duden (+32 3 203 63 69).