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News 2nd of July 2020 By Alexia De Poorter and Anneleen Wydooghe

Dismissals in the time of COVID-19: what employers need to know

Dismissals in the time of COVID-19: what employers need to know

What are valid reasons for termination of employment?

Normal dismissal process

Force majeure

Urgent cause

Justification remains necessary

Collective redundancy

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Alexia De Poorter
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Anneleen Wydooghe
Anneleen Wydooghe

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