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Factsheet for measure LU-2020-12/480 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Suspension of the trial period in businesses affected by the crisis

Suspension de la période d'essai dans les entreprises impactées par la crise

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 18 March 2020 – 25 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Flexibilisation and security
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Measure added 11 April 2020 (updated 14 July 2020)

Background information

This measure is based on crisis legislation enforced in March 2020 by the broader grand-ducal regulation of 18 March 2020 introducing a series of measures to combat COVID-19 (Règlement grand-ducal du 18 mars 2020 portant introduction d’une série de mesures dans le cadre de la lutte contre le Covid-19. Mémorial A 178 du 24 mars 2020) and this in activity sectors that are essential for the well functioning of the economy during the COVID-19 crisis. The aim of this measure is to ensure the well functioning of vital economy sectors.

Content of measure

With the objective to counter the current COVID-19 crisis, the government decided to suspend the trial clause in the following types of contract arrangements:

  • permanent employment contracts (CDI);
  • fixed-term employment contracts (CDI);
  • apprenticeship contracts;
  • assignment contracts.

Nonetheless, the measure is limited and applies to companies and their employees affected by the closure of governmental decisions, or to companies and their employees admitted to short-time working in the event of a force majeure due to COVID-19.

The trial period is suspended from the effective date of the government decision taken on 18 March 2020 or the admission of the employee concerned in the special short-time working scheme.

The remaining portion of the trial period is to be resumed the day after the end of the state of crisis.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

13 July 2020

Ended with the end of the crisis state on 25 June 2020.

Use of measure

No information has been disclosed on the number of workers concerned by this crisis measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
Other groups of workers
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Social partners were involved through their professional chambers in the course of the legislative process.



Eurofound (2020), Suspension of the trial period in businesses affected by the crisis, measure LU-2020-12/480 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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