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Lithuania: Staff information and consultation on business transfers

Phase: Anticipation
Staff information and consultation on business transfers
Last modified: 14 October, 2019
Native name:

Darbo kodeksas Nr. XII-2603

English name:

Labour code No XII-2603


Labour code (208, 209)


According to article 208 of the labour code, before taking a decision on a business transfer, the employer must inform and hold consultations with the works council. At least five working days before the beginning of the planned consultation, the employer must provide the works council with written information on:

  1. the date of transfer or the proposed date of transfer;
  2. the legal basis for the transfer;
  3. the legal, economic and social consequences of the transfer for the employees;
  4. measures planned for the employees.

When a company does not have a works council or an employee trustee implementing the functions thereof, the employer must provide the information above to the employer-level trade union as well as to the employees, either directly or at a general meeting of the employees of the employer. The trade union is entitled to express its opinion to the employer concerning the employer’s upcoming decisions. The employer must hold consultations for at least five working days from the first day of consultation, unless the works council agrees to a different term.

If an employer has violated the obligations of information and consultation, the works council or the trade union is entitled to initiate a labour dispute on rights within two months of finding out about the violation. The State Labour Inspectorate controls how employers fulfil the obligation of informing and consulting employees (article 209).

Labour relations on ships are regulated by Lithuanian labour law provisions if these ships sail under the flag of the Republic of Lithuania.


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Involved actors other than national government
  • Trade union
  • Works council
  • Other
Involvement others
The State Labour Inspectorate
No, applicable in all circumstances
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