EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Restructuring related legislation

Eurofound’s ERM database on restructuring related legal regulations provides information on about 461 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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Titel Country Typ Lokalt namn Engelskt namn
France: Wage guarantee in case of insolvency France Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Code du travail Labour Code
Belgium: Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Belgium Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Loi du 28 juin 1966 relative à l'indemnisation des travailleurs licenciés en cas de fermeture d'entreprises Law of 28 June 1966 regarding the indemnification of employees that have been laid off as a consequence of a closing of an undertaking
Sweden: Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Sweden Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Lönegarantilag (1992:497) Wage Guarantee Act (1992:497)
Cyprus: Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Cyprus Wage guarantee in case of insolvency Ν. 25(I)/2001 - Ο περί της Προστασίας των Δικαιωμάτων των Εργοδοτουμένων σε Περίπτωση Αφερεγγυότητας του Εργοδότη Νόμος του 2001, όπως τροποποιήθηκε από Ν. 14(I)/2006, Ν. 89(I)/2006, Ν. 20(I)/2008, N. 13(I)/2014 Law regulating the protection of the rights of employees in the event of the employer's insolvency law 25(I)2001; amended by law 14 (I)2006, law 89(I)2006 and law 20(I)/2008, law 13(I)/2014
Portugal: Definition of collective dismissal Portugal Definition of collective dismissal Código do Trabalho Labour Code
Austria: Definition of collective dismissal Austria Definition of collective dismissal Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz (AMFG) Labour Market Promotion Act (AMFG)
Austria: Employers obligation to support redundant employees Austria Employers obligation to support redundant employees Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG) Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG)
Austria: Redundant employees entitlement to public support Austria Redundant employees entitlement to public support Arbeitsmarktservicegesetz (AMSG) Public Employment Service Act (AMSG)
Austria: Working time flexibility Austria Working time flexibility Arbeitsmarktservicegesetz (AMSG); Arbeitszeitgesetz (AZG) Public Employment Service Act (AMSG); Working Times Act (AZG)
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)
Austria: Health monitoring of workers affected by restructuring Austria Health monitoring of workers affected by restructuring ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz (ASchG) Health and Safety at Work Act (ASchG)
Austria: Staff information and consultation on restructuring plans Austria Staff information and consultation on restructuring plans Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG) Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG)
Austria: Obligation to consider alternatives to collective dismissals Austria Obligation to consider alternatives to collective dismissals Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG) Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG)
Austria: Public authorities information and consultation on dismissals Austria Public authorities information and consultation on dismissals Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz (AMFG) Labour Market Promotion Act (AMFG)
Austria: Selection of employees for (collective) dismissals Austria Selection of employees for (collective) dismissals Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG); Mutterschutzgesetz (MSchG); Väter-Karenzgesetz (VKG); Arbeitsplatzsicherungsgesetz (APSG) Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG); Maternity Leave Act (MSchG); Parental Leave for Fathers Act (VKG); Security of Workplace Act (APSG)
Austria: Severance pay/redundancy compensation Austria Severance pay/redundancy compensation Betriebliches Mitarbeiter- und Selbständigenvorsorgegesetz (BMSVG) Federal Act on Corporate Staff and Self-Employment Provision (BMSVG)
Austria: Notice period to employees Austria Notice period to employees Angestelltengesetz (AngG); Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (ABGB); Gewerbeordnung (GewO); Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz (AMFG) Employees Act (AngG); General Civil Code (ABGB); General Trade Act (GewO); Labour Market Promotion Act (AMFG)
Austria: Effects of non-compliance with dismissal regulations Austria Effects of non-compliance with dismissal regulations Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (ArbVG); Angestelltengesetz (AngG); Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (ABGB) Labour Constitution Act (ArbVG); Employees Act (AngG); General Civil Code (ABGB)
Austria: Staff information and consultation on business transfers Austria Staff information and consultation on business transfers Arbeitsvertragsrechts-Anpassungsgesetz (AVRAG) Employment Law Harmonisation Act (AVRAG)
Spain: Working time flexibility Spain Working time flexibility Estauto de los Trabajadores; Real Decreto 801/2011 por el que se aprueba el Reglamento de los procedimientos de regulación de empleo y de actuación administrativa en materia de traslados colectivos; Ley 3/2012, de 6 de julio, de medidas urgentes para la reforma del mercado de trabajo Statute of Workers’ Rights; Royal Decree 801/2011 that enacts regulation on collective dismissals procedures and administrative actions in case of collective transfers; Law 3/2012 of 6 July on urgent measures to reform the labour market

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