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Cooperation negotiations and lay-offs

Companies within the scope of the Co-operation Act must negotiate changes affecting employees in advance. Such changes include, for example, lay-offs. All employers must ensure that employees are aware of the planned lay-offs in advance.

Lay-offs or giving notice are not the only option when your company has to react to fluctuations in the need for workforce. For example, arrangements of working hours or training your employees may be a more flexible solution during quiet periods.

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Cooperation negotiations

Arrange cooperation negotiations if the changes planned in your company will affect the position of your employees.


Laying off means that your company is allowed to interrupt the employee’s work and the payment of the employee’s wages and your employee their work.

Alternatives to giving notice and layoffs

Before you give notice or lay off employees, also consider more flexible ways.