Pursuant to this new article, the succession of fixed-term employment agreements or employment agreements for a clearly defined work with one or more replacement agreements cannot exceed two years. If this duration is exceeded, the (termination) rules for employment agreements for indefinite duration will apply.
However, the replacement agreement which follows several fixed-term employment agreements or several employment agreements for a clearly defined work shall be disregarded only once provided that the total duration of this succession of agreements does not exceed three years.
Practical takeaway: this new article entered into force on 8 May. Consequently, employers should be careful in offering a replacement agreement subsequent to a chain of fixed-term employment agreements or employment agreements for a clearly defined work in order to avoid having to apply the rules for employment agreements for an indefinite duration.