What are the rights of the employee whose employment contract is suspended?

Verified 31 July 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

What can you do during the temporary termination of your employment contract (due to sickness, maternity or adoption leave, for example)? You may be entitled to certain rights during the suspension of your contract and you may be compensated in certain situations. We present your rights.

The suspension of the employment contract means that your contract shall cease in any temporary, without causing your contract to be permanently terminated.

During this suspension, you do not work and you do not receive any salary from your employer.

The suspension may be attributable to you (e.g. due to sickness, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, company creation leave) or taken by your employer (e.g. due to layoff, temporary company closure, partial employment).

You are not paid during the period of suspension of your employment contract.

However, you can receive compensation in the following situations:

Depending on certain situations, you may be able to take part in training.

This is particularly the case during a sick leave or a short-time work.

The period of suspension shall be taken into account for the calculation of paid leave during:

When you return to the company, you must return to your job or a similar job with a salary at least equivalent to your previous job.

Yes, during the period of suspension of your employment contract, you can resign.

The obligation to carry out a notice varies according to your situation.

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General case

You must give advance notice unless your employer exempts you.

Pregnant female employee

You do not have to give notice if your resignation occurs during your pregnancy.

Resignation to raise a child

You do not have to give notice if your resignation occurs for raising your child.

Creating a company

You do not have to give notice at the end of a leave for company creation.