Conversion Leave

Verified 01 January 2024 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Conversion leave shall enable an employee whose economic dismissal is envisaged to benefit, subject to conditions, from measures intended to promote his reclassification. We present you with the information you need to know.

Conversion leave provides for actions to promote the reclassification of an employee who is at risk of being dismissed for economic reasons. The latter may benefit from the following:

  • Support for a reclassification support structure
  • Evaluation report
  • Training or adaptation measures for rapid vocational reintegration

An employee may be granted conversion leave under the following conditions:

  • His employment must be terminated in the context of dismissal on economic grounds,
  • The company has signed a conversion leave agreement with the Crown,
  • He's volunteering to join.

The employer shall determine the duration of the leave.

The leave lasts at least 4 months.

The employee shall receive a conversion allowance equal to at least 65 % of the average gross remuneration for the last 12 months preceding the entry into leave.

At a minimum, the amount of the allowance must be €9.90 per hour, multiplied by the collective working time fixed in the company (either €1,501.88 if the company applies the 35 hours).

Yes, during the period of conversion leave, the employment contract is suspended. The employee is therefore exempt from activity in his company during this period.

If the employee has not found a new job during the leave, the employer may dismiss him for economic reasons.