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Can the employer require the employee to work part-time?

Verified 29 September 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Yes, your employer can implement part-time work in the company.

However, your employer must meet the conditions set out in collective agreement or collective company agreement.

In the absence of an agreement or agreement, your employer sets the working hours directly in accordance with minimum working time required weekly.

Your employer should consult the Social and Economic Committee (SSC) if it exists in the company.

If you work full-time in the company, your employer may offer to work part-time.

You don't have to accept your employer's proposal.

The consequences on your employment contract are different depending on your agreement or refusal:

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The proposed reduction in working time is justified by economic difficulties

If the proposed reduction in working time is justified by economic difficulties, your refusal may result in a dismissal for economic reasons.


You agree to work part time

You must sign attractive to your employment contract.

You refuse to work part time

The part-time transfer constitutes a amendment of employment contract.

Your employer can't impose it on you without your consent.

You continue to work full time if you refuse to work part time.

In case of dispute, you can enter the prud'homme council (CPH).

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