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Employment & Pensions

Belgium

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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27/02/2017
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...
26/01/2017
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...
24/06/2016
CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in an M&A Trans­ac­tion

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Katrien Leijnen
30/01/2019
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted Guard­Square and its share­hold­ers...
21/03/2019
EU and Bel­gi­um pass laws pro­tect­ing UK ex­pat and EU cit­izen's rights...
In a bid to tackle the con­sequences of a pos­sible Hard Brexit on EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK and UK na­tion­als liv­ing on the con­tin­ent, on 22 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the Com­mit­tee of Per­man­ent Rep­res­ent­at­ives in the EU (Coreper) ap­proved a draft reg­u­la­tion on es­tab­lish­ing.
30/11/2018
Novem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
12/03/2019
Bel­gi­um braces for Hard Brexit with draft law
On Feb­ru­ary 19, Bel­gi­um passed a draft law pre­par­ing it­self for a Hard Brexit should the UK leave the European Uni­on (EU) on the dead­line of 29 March 2019 without a with­draw­al agree­ment in place to reg­u­late UK's de­par­ture and define its fu­ture re­la­tion­ship.
Benoît Vandervelde
26/10/2018
Oc­to­ber 2018 News­let­ter
06/03/2019
EMIR RE­FIT: cleared to land
In a press re­lease, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on (“Coun­cil”) an­nounced re­cently that a pre­lim­in­ary agree­ment was reached re­lat­ing to the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion that would amend the European Mar­ket In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tion (“EMIR”).
28/09/2018
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
19/02/2019
New "profit bo­nus" rules in force since Janu­ary 2019
Since 1 Janu­ary 2018, an em­ploy­er has been able to grant its em­ploy­ees a cash bo­nus based on part or all of the profits of the fin­an­cial year (the so-called “profit bo­nus”). This profit bo­nus en­joys at­tract­ive so­cial and tax be­ne­fits.
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
03/01/2019
Tech­no­logy in the work­place – an over­view of em­ploy­ment law is­sues...
We can no longer ima­gine our pro­fes­sion­al lives without mod­ern in­form­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion tech­no­logy. It is com­mon for em­ploy­ers to provide em­ploy­ees with tech­no­logy such as smart­phones or note­books. These com­mu­nic­a­tion and pro­ductiv­ity tools are also used.
24/05/2018
May 2018 News­let­ter
27/11/2018
The single per­mit in­tro­duced in Bel­gi­um
Cur­rently, when com­ing to work in Bel­gi­um, non-EEA na­tion­als must sep­ar­ately ap­ply for a work per­mit, which is re­viewed by the Re­gion­al Pub­lic Ser­vices (re­gion­al com­pet­ence), and for a res­id­ence per­mit, which is re­viewed by the Im­mig­ra­tion Of­fice (fed­er­al com­pet­ence).