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Employees may be absent from work for legitimate reasons: forms of leave provided for particular purposes, leave for personal reasons, release from work , etc.

Although unjustified absences may obviously lead to termination of the contract of employment by the employer, Luxembourg law provides, as a general principle, a specified period of protection against dismissal for employees who are ill. Nevertheless, habitual absenteeism on the grounds of ill-health may constitute cause for dismissal in cases where it undeniably disrupts the functioning of the enterprise. See illness of the employee .

Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.

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