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Is it legal to dismiss employees on transfer?

In 30 out of 49 countries we surveyed, employers cannot dismiss employees on the grounds that the business in which they work has been transferred to new ownership.


Legal safeguards often prevent employees of a business from being dismissed simply because it is in new ownership. In 30 of the 49 countries we surveyed, employees cannot be dismissed solely based on a transfer.

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Sophie Maes
Partner - Belgium
Claeys & Engels