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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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    Expat Desk

    Our specialists of the CMS Expat Desk provide cross-border advice to (global) companies about international employees, also known as "expats".

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    04 April 2019
    Bel­gi­um passes Brexit act, cov­ers em­ploy­ment & so­cial se­cur­ity is­sues
    On 28 March 2019, the Bel­gian par­lia­ment passed the Brexit Act, which aims to tem­por­ar­ily deal with the con­sequences of a pos­sible Hard Brexit and con­tains the fol­low­ing meas­ures in the field of em­ploy­ment law and so­cial se­cur­ity law: The right
    21 March 2019
    EU and Bel­gi­um pass laws pro­tect­ing UK ex­pat and EU cit­izen's rights post-Brexit
    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
    June 2020
    CMS Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Glob­al Bro­chure
    In the people busi­nessThe CMS net­work cov­ers 43 coun­tries with over 70 of­fices world­wide. We have the largest team of em­ploy­ment spe­cial­ists in Europe and a strong pres­ence in the Afric­an, Asi­an and Lat­in Amer­ic­an mar­kets.From ex­ec­ut­ive con­tracts and


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    July 2020
    Law­yers on Whis­tleblower Pro­tec­tion and In­tern­al In­vest­ig­a­tions
    21 September 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Dis­missals
    The aim of this guide is to ex­plain ex­ist­ing sys­tems of com­pens­a­tion for fair and un­fair dis­missal in vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions in EU, LATAM and Asia
    23 October 2020
    How to handle your ex-em­ploy­ees’ mail­boxes? The Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion...
    An em­ploy­ee is leav­ing a com­pany. It hap­pens all the time. But what do we do about their MS Out­look 365 ac­count? The Lit­ig­a­tion Cham­ber of the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity re­minds us of the prac­tic­al...
    July 2020
    CMS On your radar | Is­sue 13
    In this edi­tion of On Your Radar we look at in­ter­na­tion­al re­sponses to lift­ing lock­down and re­turn­ing to the work­place.
    27 April 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to gov­ern­ment sup­port for em­ploy­ers and work­ers
    This ex­pert guide ex­plores the ways dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments have at­temp­ted to al­le­vi­ate the stress the pan­dem­ic has im­posed on both em­ploy­ers and work­ers and en­sure busi­ness con­tinu­ity.
    13 October 2020
    Man­aging the chal­lenges of the post COV­ID work­place
    Few can deny the im­pact that the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had and is hav­ing on the way people work since the glob­al es­cal­a­tion of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic in March 2020. "We have seen massive changes take place...
    24 June 2020
    We­bin­ar re­cord­ings - Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) in Bel­gi­um
    18 September 2020
    Bel­gi­um ex­tends COV­ID-19 so­cial se­cur­ity meas­ures re­gard­ing tele­work by...
    As a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, many work­ers in Bel­gi­um, like oth­er coun­tries in the world, were forced to stay at home and tele­work as early as March 2020. For work­ers em­ployed in a coun­try oth­er...
    Re­turn­ing from lock­down to the work­place
    A brief guide to the ap­plic­able rules as em­ploy­ees are re­turn­ing from COV­ID-19 lock­down to the work­place.
    10 June 2020
    Re­turn­ing from lock­down to the work­place
    CAN COM­PAN­IES OR­DER EM­PLOY­EES WORK­ING RE­MOTELY DUE TO COV­ID-19 TO RE­TURN TO THE WORK­PLACE? Home­work­ing re­mains re­com­men­ded to the ex­tent pos­sible. However, if home­work­ing is not pos­sible, com­pan­ies need...
    June 2020
    CMS Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Glob­al Bro­chure
    08 June 2020
    New law on post­ing
    The Cham­ber of Rep­res­ent­at­ives re­cently ad­op­ted a new law con­cern­ing the post­ing of work­ers in Bel­gi­um. This law mainly amends the le­gis­la­tion con­cern­ing post­ing and tem­por­ary work. The main changes are...