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Denmark: Termination of employment

Updating author: Lise Lauridsen, Bech-Bruun
Consultant editor: Mette Søsted
Original author: Yvonne Frederiksen, Norrbom Vinding

Summary

  • Termination of employment contracts is subject to only limited statutory regulation. (See General)
  • With regard to white-collar employees, employers must observe statutory minimum notice periods for dismissal whereas notice periods for blue-collar employees are generally set by collective agreements. (See Notice periods)
  • Employers are prohibited from dismissing employees on various grounds. (See Unlawful dismissal)
  • White-collar employees with at least 12 months' continuous service with the employer may be dismissed only if this is considered to be reasonably justified and blue-collar workers are protected from unfair dismissal by virtue of collective agreements. (See Unfair dismissal)
  • White-collar employees with the requisite length of continuous service are entitled, in the event of dismissal, to a statutory severance payment. (See Severance payments)
  • The selection criteria for redundancy must not be arbitrary or based on any of the grounds protected under anti-discrimination legislation. (See Redundancy)