when are you required to offer outplacement?

When are you required to offer outplacement?

You are required by law to offer outplacement to employees who have been made redundant with a notice period of at least 30 weeks or who have been given a severance pay covering at least this period. Outplacement must also be offered to employees with a minimum of 1 year’s service and who are aged 45 and older.

You can also offer voluntary outplacement to an employee who has been made redundant.

You are required to make an offer of outplacement within 15 days after dismissal.


How long does the outplacement last and who pays for it?

With individual redundancy, you need to offer either individual or group outplacement. This includes 60 hours of help and guidance spread over a maximum of 12 months. In some cases, you can opt to offer more hours over a longer period.

With collective redundancy and the establishment of a career transition unit, other rules apply:

  • employees made redundant who are under the age of 45 are entitled to 30 hours of help and guidance for 3 months 
  • employees made redundant who are over the age of 45 are entitled to 60 hours of help and guidance for 6 months

The cost of the outplacement is always paid for by the employer. Depending on the number of notice weeks and the decision as to whether the employee has to work his or her notice, as an employer you can deduct 4 weeks’ pay from the severance package to cover the cost of the outplacement.

These rules have applied since 1.1.2014 and will be adjusted in the course of 2016.

View the first roadmap here and contact us for a clear answer to your specific situation.

What happens if my employee is not interested?

Whatever happens, you are still required to offer outplacement. The employee then has one month to accept or decline the offer in writing. If he refuses, in some cases he may lose some of his unemployment benefits.

TIP: encourage the employee who has been made redundant to think carefully whether he wants to take up the offer of outplacement. He can always come to RiseSmart for a free introductory meeting in order to find out what it involves.


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