New Dismissal Rules in Belgium apply as of 1 January 2014:
1.2.3 The notice periods in the event the employer gives notice
The aim of the legislator was to foresee relatively short notice terms in the early stages of employment, to clear the barrier to recruitment and in that way to facilitate better mobility on the labour market. Subsequently, the duration of the notice period progressively increases as the seniority ascends. With this progressivity, the legislator wants to offer the employee job security. The building-up of the notice period entitlement however slows down as of 20 years of seniority.
The following table gives an overview of the notice periods which apply in the event it is the employer who gives notice:
Seniority Notice period
less than 3 months 2 weeks
between 3 months and < 6 months 4 weeks
between 6 months and < 9 months 6 weeks
between 9 months and < 12 months 7 weeks
between 12 months and < 15 months 8 weeks
between 15 months and < 18 months 9 weeks
between 18 months and < 21 months 10 weeks
between 21 months and < 24 months 11 weeks
between 2 years and < 3 years 12 weeks
between 3 years and < 4 years 13 weeks
Contact Compandben or visit Compandben Main Website – Belgium Employment Services for more information.