Employment

Employment law in Belgium has more facets than an Antwerp diamond. Our very experienced employment team helps SMEs and multinationals as well as executive-level employees navigate complex and constantly changing regulations. True partners, our lawyers offer practical solutions to reduce possible legal risks and keep you focused on more important tasks.

ALTIUS Expertise

Communication is key

Known as the go-to law firm when it comes to employment law, our proactive team is dedicated to working hand-in-hand with in-house HR specialists from SMEs and multinational companies. The team also has an excellent reputation assisting high-level executives with their labor issues. Clear communicators, the team concentrates on practical solutions to reduce legal risks and help your HR team make the right decisions when it comes to challenging employment issues.

Our priority is listening to our clients and their needs. As an HR partner, we are ready to answer day-to-day questions as well as working together to manage complex situations, ranging from structuring employment and collective labor issues arising from restructuring to hiring and firing, social inspection investigations, and international and cross-border employment issues, including migration law aspects.

In close collaboration with the Comp&Ben team of the Tiberghien tax law firm, the ALTIUS employment team gives expert advice regarding labor and social security aspects of incentive plans. The team is well-seasoned in employment, social security and pensions law litigation before the labour tribunals and courts. Clients can also count on a wide variety of handy tools, webinars, tailor-made inhouse workshops and newsletter updates.

How we can help

Setting-up of a business

Employment law and social security law advice regarding the setting-up of a business in Belgium and employing personnel

Day-to-day employment advice

On a wide range of employment-related topics, including:

  • Hiring (including structuring of employment) and firing
  • Working time
  • Remuneration
  • Employee lending
  • Work incapacity
  • Service agreements
  • “False” self-employed
  • Aspects of solicitation and unfair competition
  • Etc.

Restructurings

  • Implementation of insourcing, outsourcing and subcontracting projects
  • Multiple and collective lay-off processes, including closures of companies or divisions and other scenarios of restructuring the workforce and the work organisation
  • Transfer of undertaking (TUPE/ARD)

Compensation and Benefits

  • Employment and social security aspects of incentive plans (e.g. stock option plans, warrants, CBA 90-plans, benefit participation plans)
  • In collaboration with Tiberghien, international tax law firm

Collective employment law

  • Negotiating and drafting of collective labour agreements and protocol-agreements
  • Information and consultation processes with representative bodies
  • Guidance through the social elections process
  • Post-closing harmonization of employment terms and conditions in case of M&A

Compliance

  • Drafting of work rules (employee handbooks) and HR related policies (including deconnection plans as part of the work rules or in a separate CBA as well as training programs)
  • “whistle blowing”, data protection and privacy issues, ethical codes, etc.
  • Assistance with internal investigations

Disputes

  • Handling of collective disputes, including strikes
  • Assistance with social inspection investigations
  • Strategic guidance during settlement negotiations
  • Litigation before the labour tribunals and courts

International employment

  • Posting and secondments (download here our brochure on Posting workers to Belgium)
  • Drafting of international employment contracts
  • Employment law and social security aspects of international and cross-border employment situations, A1 forms, LIMOSA declarations, determination of applicable law and applicable social security regime, …
  • Migration law compliance in case of international employment (single permit, work permit, visa)

End-of-career paths

  • Early retirement schemes and the system of unemployment benefits with company allowance (“SWT/RCC”)
  • Assistance with planning elder employees’ end of career (landing job time credit, garden leave, etc.)
  • Supplementary pension issues

Well-being

  • Legal aspects of re-integration tracks
  • Termination for medical force majeure
  • Handling of psychosocial risk claims (including claims for moral or sexual harassment at the workplace)
  • Assistance with the legal consequences of occupational accidents

For more information

Our Experts in
Employment Law

  • Philippe De Wulf

    Partner

  • Sven Demeulemeester

    Partner

  • Esther Soetens

    Counsel

  • Emma Van Caenegem

    Counsel

Our latest employment news

January 25, 2024

When is it too cold to work?

As winter settles in, the challenge of working in cold conditions becomes a significant consideration in the professional landscape. Cold working environments raise concerns about employee well-being and potential violations of occupational health and safety standards.

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January 10, 2024

Employers, be aware of the “hidden protection period” kick-off!

The “hidden protection period” is one of the most remarkable features of the social elections process. The hidden protection period is the period during which candidates already benefit from the specific dismissal protection, even though the candidate lists are only being disclosed to the employer 65 days later.

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December 13, 2023

WEBINAR VIDEO | Help… am I still up-to-date with the current trends in labour law?

During this webinar, we guide you through 2023’s highlights, so that you can start 2024 well-prepared and fully-informed.

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