Luxembourg is not to be judged by it's small land mass. The country makes big bucks and is a major player in the financial service sector. During the work week thousands of people commute from the neighbouring countries of Belgium, France, and Germany.
Working hours vary according to your employer, your position, the industry. The legal work week can be no longer than 40 hours. If you work additional hours, you must be paid overtime. There is a legal maximum working day of ten hours. Work on Sunday work must be voluntary and is paid at double the normal salary rates. These restrictions generally do not apply to top executives (direction/directie) or managers (cadres/kaderleden) or if you own your own company.
Some companies operate flexi-time working hours. A flexi-time system requires all employees to be present between certain hours, known as the block time, and then working the rest of their requisite hours at their leisure. For example, all staff must be present from 8:30 to 11:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00.
The current minimum wage is 1,757.56 euro per month. There is a lower minimum wage for workers under 23 and workers under 18 years of age.
Luxembourg is a prosperous region with salaries generally above average. Salaries depend on your age and job advertisements will list a desired age range that indicates the salary. Annual salary increases are often controlled by an industry collective agreement and linked to cost of living increases.
Most jobs are under contract. An employment contract must be in writing and the employee should read and understand all conditions before signing. The legally binding version of an employment contract is normally in French, but you can and should ask for an informal translation in your own language. You may also ask a trusted advisor (i.e. a lawyer or close friend) that is fluent in that language to inspect it.
Expat workers may be required to submit a copy of the employment contract to local officials for a residence permit. Make sure to obtain a copy for your records and have an official copy to submit to the authorities.
Demission is when termination comes from the employee and licenciement when termination comes from the employer. There is also "résiliation d'un commun accord", termination by mutual agreement. The only requirement is that case is that the agreement must be confirmed in writing.
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