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Employment & Pensions


For your business to be successful, the relationship with your employees as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions is crucial. Employment and pension law in Europe is complex and, at times, contradictory, whether you are dealing with salary packages, employment contracts, equal opportunities and restrictive covenants or restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

European directives, European court decisions, national laws, local cases and precedent must all be taken into account by your management team.

Our 280-strong group of sector specialists in Employment & Pensions law in Europe and beyond can help you navigate the maze of HR regulations, their practical application and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles before achieving the outcome you need.

With a global network covering 33 countries, we can help solve your problems across all the jurisdictions in which you operate or plan to operate - whether your issue relates to employment contracts, pension schemes, redundancies, M&A, collective labour law, social security or litigation.

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Col­lab­or­at­ive eco­nomy: new leg­al frame­work enters in­to full force...
On 1 Ju­ly 2016, Bel­gi­um be­came one of the first European coun­tries to pass le­gis­la­tion on the col­lab­or­at­ive (or shar­ing) eco­nomy (Pro­gram Act of 1 Ju­ly 2016). Ad­op­ted un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­ex­an­der De Croo, the Di­git­al Agenda Fed­er­al Min­is­ter, this new le­gis­la­tion...
Faster re­cov­ery of un­dis­puted so­cial se­cur­ity debts with writ of ex­e­cu­tion
Since 1 Janu­ary 2017, the law ex­pli­citly provides for a gen­er­al op­tion for the Na­tion­al So­cial Se­cur­ity Of­fice (“NSSO”) to re­cov­er un­dis­puted debts by means of a writ of ex­e­cu­tion. This means that the NSSO can provide it­self an en­force­able title (a writ of...
CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in an M&A Trans­ac­tion


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Tom De Cordier
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
Su­preme Court rules on fraud­u­lent A1 cer­ti­fic­ates
1. Con­text When send­ing em­ploy­ees to work abroad, an em­ploy­er must ap­ply for cer­tain cer­ti­fic­ates, such as an A1 second­ment cer­ti­fic­ate. This cer­ti­fic­ate is a de­clar­a­tion re­gard­ing the so­cial se­cur­ity scheme ap­plic­able to the em­ploy­ee when work­ing in more than.
June 2018 News­let­ter
Ex­ten­sion of sup­ple­ment­ary pen­sion rights to all em­ploy­ees
Today, the in­tro­duc­tion and fin­an­cing of an oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion scheme is a de­cision taken by the em­ploy­er, at com­pany level or via an in­dustry col­lect­ive la­bour agree­ment.   At its meet­ing on 20 Ju­ly 2018, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters passed a draft bill gov­ern­ing.
Tom Heremans
May 2018 News­let­ter
Foot­ball, Eng­land-Bel­gi­um: 15-15
15-15 is an un­likely score for the foot­ball match between Eng­land and Bel­gi­um on 28 June 2018 at the FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia. In this art­icle, the 15-15 score refers to the min­im­um age at which young foot­ball play­ers can sign their first em­ploy­ment agree­ment.
May 2018
Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Ro­bot­ics: From a La­bour...
Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Ro­bot­ics: From a La­bour and Tax Per­spect­ive...
Mod­ern in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy, in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms and pro­duc­tion ro­bots are strongly in­flu­en­cing the work­ing world in the 21st cen­tury. Every­day tasks are already be­ing per­formed by in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms.
CMS Bel­gi­um strengthens its em­ploy­ment de­part­ment with...
The le­gis­lat­or in­tro­duces an ob­lig­a­tion of con­sulta­tion on dis­con­nec­tion...
As work­ers are in­creas­ingly con­nec­ted, in­clud­ing out­side nor­mal work­ing hours, blur­ring the line between work and home life, the le­gis­lat­or has in­tro­duced art­icles 15 to 17 of the Act of 26 March 2018 re­gard­ing the strength­en­ing of eco­nom­ic growth and so­cial.
March 2018 News­let­ter
NSSO lim­its fa­vour­able so­cial se­cur­ity treat­ment of op­tions and war­rants
As men­tioned in our art­icle from March 2018, the tax rul­ing com­mis­sion cla­ri­fied that, to be­ne­fit from a fa­vour­able tax treat­ment, the ra­tio between an em­ploy­ee's re­mu­ner­a­tion paid in war­rants and his gross an­nu­al salary should not be dis­pro­por­tion­ate, and.