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Belgium: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

Consultant editor: Thierry Viérin, Osborne Clarke


  • Employment contracts can generally be written (including in electronic form) or oral, although they must be written in certain cases, such as part-time contracts. (See General)
  • Probationary periods are generally prohibited. (See Probationary periods)
  • A distinction is made in law between the employment contracts of blue-collar employees and white-collar employees. (See Types of contract)
  • There is no obligation on the employer to provide employees with a written statement of their terms of employment. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • Where an employer unilaterally varies an essential element of a contract against the employee's wishes, the employee can resign and bring a court claim. (See Variation of contract)