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What are my legal rights and obligations when I have a permanent employment contract?

The most important difference between a temporary and a permanent contract is that a permanent contract has no end date. This means there is no indication of any intention to limit the duration of the contract, such as “for the duration of the project”. Hence, and unlike temporary contracts, there is no mention of an end date in a permanent contract. Also the “term of notice” will be different for a permanent contract, since your legal position is different. The differences for terminating a permanent labour contract are explained below:

  • A permanent employment contract can be ended by one of the parties. The legal terms of notice need to be respected.
  • The rules are different for employers and employees. The employee has the legal right to end the contract without a procedure but he or she must respect the legal and agreed period, which is usually a minimum of one month’s notice.
  • Both employer and employee have the right to go to court and ask to end the permanent labour contract.

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