EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Restructuring related legislation

Eurofound’s ERM database on restructuring related legal regulations provides information on regulations in the Member States of the European Union and Norway which are explicitly or implicitly linked to anticipating and managing change. The database covers statutory rules, only, and does not include collective agreements or company-level initiatives. The regulations are described in terms of their content, thresholds, involved actors and who covers the cost (if applicable). The aim is to provide an easy possibility of a cross-national comparison of the main features of restructuring related legislation.

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Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

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  • CountryEU 27 + UK and Norway
  • Titlethe title is made up of the country name and type, for example: Austria: working time flexibility
  • PhaseEither anticipation or management
    • Anticipationrefers to activities that help to prepare workers or companies for change.
    • Managementcovers activities required to handle a current restructuring event while minimising social costs. It refers to the steps involved in implementing an organisational change process.
  • Typethe range includes, for example, provisions for collective dismissal, information/consultation obligations, notice periods and severance payments, training obligations for employers and employees and regulations concerning working time flexibility
  • Choose bywhether the regulation is obligatory in all circumstances or only for companies over a certain size or cases affecting a certain number of workers
  • Cost covered by
    • no specific additional costs are involved
    • costs covered by national or regional governments
    • cost covered by companies in general or the specific employer undergoing restructuring
    • cost covered by employees
  • Involved actorsincluding regional or local government, works councils, employers’ organisations, trade union or public employment services. The national government, as legislator, is assumed to be involved in all regulations so is not included as a filter option.
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Title Country Typesort ascending Native name English name
Slovakia: Time off for job search Slovakia Time off for job search Zákonník práce Labour Code
Slovenia: Time off for job search Slovenia Time off for job search Zakon o delovnih razmerjih (ZDR-1) Employment Relationship Act (ZDR-1)
Ireland: Time off for job search Ireland Time off for job search Redundancy Payments Act 1979 Redundancy Payments Act 1979
Germany: Time off for job search Germany Time off for job search Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch Civil Code
United Kingdom: Time off for job search United Kingdom Time off for job search Employment Rights Act 1996 Employment Rights Act 1996
Luxembourg: Time off for job search Luxembourg Time off for job search Code du travail Labour Code
Latvia: Time off for job search Latvia Time off for job search Darba likums Labour law
Cyprus: Time off for job search Cyprus Time off for job search Ν. 24/1967 - Ο περί Τερματισμού Απασχόλησης Νόμος του 1967 Termination of Employment Law, 1967 (Law 24/1967)
Estonia: Time off for job search Estonia Time off for job search Töölepingu seadus Employment Contracts Act
France: Time off for job search France Time off for job search Code du travail Labour code
Hungary: Time off for job search Hungary Time off for job search 2012. évi I. törvény a Munka Törvénykönyvéről Act I of 2012 on the Labour Code
Lithuania: Time off for job search Lithuania Time off for job search Darbo kodeksas Nr. XII-2603 Labour code No XII-2603
Greece: Time off for job search Greece Time off for job search Αστικός Κώδικας Civil Code
Portugal: Time off for job search Portugal Time off for job search Código do Trabalho Labour Code
Spain: Time off for job search Spain Time off for job search Estatuto de los Trabajadores (ET); Real Decreto-ley 10/2010, de 16 de junio, de medidas urgentes para la reforma del mercado de trabajo Statute of Workers’ Rights; Royal Decree law 10/2010 of 16 June on urgent measures to reform the labour market
Austria: Time off for job search Austria Time off for job search Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (ABGB); Angestelltengesetz (AngG) General Civil Code (ABGB); Employees Act (AngG)
Bulgaria: Time off for job search Bulgaria Time off for job search Кодекс на труда Labour Code
Czechia: Time off for job search Czechia Time off for job search Nařízení vlády č. 590/2006 Sb., kterým se stanoví okruh a rozsah jiných důležitých osobních překážek v práci Government Regulation No. 590/2006 Coll., on the range and extent of other important personal obstacles to work
Belgium: Time off for job search Belgium Time off for job search Loi sur le contrat de travail du 3 juillet 1978/Wet betreffende de arbeidsovereenkomsten (3 Juli 1978) Law on Employment Contracts of 3 July 1978
Croatia: Severance pay/redundancy compensation Croatia Severance pay/redundancy compensation Zakon o radu 93/2014, 127/17; Pravilnik o porezu na dohodak 10/17, 128/17, 106/18, 1/19 Labour Act 93/2014, 127/17; The Book of Rule on the Law on Personal Income Tax 10/17, 128/17, 106/18, 1/19