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Gaël Chuffart


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Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English

Gaël Chuffart advises on a wide range of employment law and social security matters.

Gaël is a specialist in collective labour relations (collective redundancies, reorganization, strikes, collective labour agreements, harmonisation of working conditions, working hours, etc.), individual labour law (dismissal, harassment, changes in working conditions, etc.) and remuneration conditions (wage policy, stock option plans, fringe benefits, income optimisation, etc.).

He also advises on the international movement of employees. He is particularly competent in matters relating to secondment from a labour, social security and tax perspective (salary splits, expatriation schemes, etc.).

Furthermore, he provides specialized assistance in complementary pension schemes (and related products) and the use of technology and communication in the work place (internet, e-mail, telework, privacy …).

Gaël Chuffart regularly publishes on these topics and is a sought after speaker for seminars.

Gaël is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA.

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Gaël Chuffart [...] is "authoritative and knowledgeable"

Legal 500, 2018

“…Gaël Chuffart is professional, reliable and pragmatic.”

Legal 500 EMEA - 2013

Relevant experience

  • Assisting international companies in the framework of their restructuration process
  • Assisting numerous international companies active in the luxury, entertainment and industry sectors to set up lobbying branches in Belgium (including affiliation to the Belgian social security, subscription of the required insurances …)
  • Assisting international non-profit associations to obtain work and residence Belgian permits for their foreign workers
  • Termination contract of senior executives with a risk of a few millions for numerous international  clients
  • Assisting a major pharmaceutical company in order to set up employees benefit scheme
  • Drafting the entire labour documents (including work regulation, employment contract …) for Belgian subsidiaries of company active in logistics
  • Obtaining court orders for a leading food retailer allowing them to continue to work during strike action,
  • Crisis management situations and sessions aimed at avoiding strikes by sorting out problems and reaching consensus
  • Advising, negotiating and assisting in every aspects of the employment policies and practices a major company in the alcoholic drink industry
  • Assisting and advising one of Belgium’s largest group insurance providers  
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Belgian Employment Association (A.J.P.D.S. - Association des Juristes Praticiens de Droit Social)
  • Member of the “Chambre de commerce belgo-luxembourgeoise à Paris”
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  • G. Chuffart, B. Simonart, « Pensions complémentaires », Kluwer, 2016.
  • G. Chuffart, « Accident en état d’ivresse avec la voiture de société : un licenciement pour motif grave est-il envisageable ? », Trends Tendances, 22 October 2015, p.80.
  • G. Chuffart, « Quelle réglementation pour la nouvelle économie », Lobby, n°30, April 2015.
  • G. Chuffart, « Un de mes travailleurs est malade, quelles sont mes options pour le remplacer temporairement ? », Trends Tendances, 11 September 2014, p.88.
  • G. Chuffart, « Expatriation : quelles sont les couvertures offertes par l’OSSOM », Trends, 6 février 2014, p.76.
  • G. Chuffart, « Clause de non-concurrence : payer pour debaucher ? », Trends Tendances, 1 August 2013, p. 63.
  • G. Chuffart, « Succession : identifier les high potentials est capital », L’Echo, 23 May 2013, p. 9.
  • G. Chuffart, « Quand puis-je faire appel à un intérimaire ? », Trends Tendances, 30 May 2013, p. 88.
  • G. Chuffart, « Bonus, est-ce que j’y gagne ? », Trends Tendances, 31 janvier 2013, p. 78.
  • G. Chuffart, « Futurs expatriés : avez-vous entendu parler de l’OSSOM ? », Trends, 11 December 2013, p. 88.   
  • G. Chuffart, « Expatriation hors UE : quelle sécurité sociale ? », Trends Tendances, 26 September 2013, p. 90.
  • G. Chuffart, « Expatriation dans l’UE : quelles sont les règles ? », Trends Tendances, 19 September 2013, p. 82.
  • G. Chuffart, B. Vandervelde, « Pensions complémentaires », Salaires, Kluwer, 2012, 106 pages.
  • G. Chuffart, « Lésé sur l’assurance de groupe ? », Trends Tendances, 10 May 2012, p. 83.
  • G. Chuffart, « Uniformité de l’assurance de groupe », Trends Tendances, 5 April 2012, p. 81.
  • G. Chuffart, « Pensions : externalisation aussi pour les indépendants ? », Trends Tendances, 22 March 2012, p. 89.
  • G. Chuffart, « Assurance de groupe : moins intéressante », Trends Tendances, 15 March 2012, p. 89.
  • G. Chuffart, A. Amerian, « Le licenciement abusif des ouvriers : une évolution nécessaire », J.T.T., 2012, pp. 65-68.
  • G. Chuffart, « Le droit du travail », Le MOCI – Guide Business Région Flamande, 2012, p. 13.
  • G. Chuffart, « Congés extra-légaux », Trends Tendances, 19 July 2012, p. 69.
  • G. Chuffart, « Quelle durée max pour ma période d’essai ? », Trends Tendances, 19 April 2012, p. 103.
  • G. Chuffart, « Le Champ d’application des commissions paritaires : une illustration d’actualité », Chr.D.S., 2011/04, pp. 165-168.
  • S. van Wassenhove, G. Chuffart, « Pensions complémentaires », Guide social permanent, Kluwer, Partie I, Livre VI, Titre II, Chapitre IV, 2010, p.5, 210 pages.
  • G. Chuffart, O. Querinjean, « International expatriate employment handbook », Belgian chapter, World Law Group, Kluwer, March 2006, 30 pages.
  • S. van Wassenhove in collaboration with G. Chuffart and B. Lagae, « L’occupation internationale de travailleurs et le droit du travail : quels sont les principes applicables aux relations internationales de travail », Séminaire Van ham & Van ham, Expatriation et mobilité internationale des cadres, 20 January 2005, 40 pages.
  • S. van Wassenhove with the collaboration of G. Chuffart, « Pensions complémentaires », Guide social permanent,  Sécurité sociale : commentaires, Partie I, Livre VI, Titre II, Chapitre IV, 2004, p.265, 104 pages.
  • S. van Wassenhove in collaboration with G. Chuffart, « La nouvelle loi sur les pensions complémentaires : Les aspects sociaux », Etudes pratiques de droit social, Kluwer, 2003, 100 pages.  
  • S. Van Wassenhove, M. De Leersnyder, G. Chuffart, D. Mulliez, « Nieuwe technologieën en hun invloed op het arbeidsrecht », U.G.A., 2003, 200 pages.
  • S. Van Wassenhove, M. De Leersnyder, G. Chuffart, « Nouvelles technologies et leur impact sur le droit du travail », U.G.A., 2003, 200 pages
  • S. van Wassenhove in collaboration with G. Chuffart, « Quelles incidences du choix en terme de sécurité sociale », Séminaire IFE, La rémunération variable et ses incidences en termes de sécurité sociale, 28 November 2002, 26 pages.
  • S. van Wassenhove, in collaboration with G. Chuffart, « La couverture sociale des cadres expatriés », Séminaire Van ham & Van ham, Expatriation et mobilité internationale des cadres, 25 April 2002, 34 pages.
  • S. van Wassenhove, G. Chuffart, « Nouvelles technologies, responsabilités et vie privée : les liaisons dangereuses … », Trends Tendances, 23 May 2002, p. 78.
  • S. van Wassenhove, G. Chuffart, « Nouvelles technologies, responsabilités et vie privée : les liaisons dangereuses … », Accountancy & Tax, Revue trimestrielle de l’institut des Experts-comptables et des Conseils fiscaux, Numéro 1/2002, p. 54.
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Lectures list

  • G. Chuffart, S. Berg, «Lockdown in practice », webinar, 22 April 2020 
  • G. Chuffart, S. Berg, E. Duden, «Key Employment Considerations», webinar, 19 March 2020
  • G. Chuffart, B. Simonart, « Pensions complémentaires », webinar Kluwer, 21 April 2016
  • G. Chuffart, « Pensions complémentaires : aspects sociaux et fiscaux applicables aux travailleurs salariés, en ce compris les nouvelles mesures fiscales applicables », BECI, 30 mai 2013
  • G. Chuffart, « Aspects fiscaux et sociaux des pensions complémentaires du 2ième pilier, en ce compris les mesures fiscales », Union des Praticiens de la Fiscalité, 23 avril 2013
  • G. Chuffart, « Modalités et indemnités en cas de rupture », IFE, 13 October 2010
  • G. Chuffart, P. Degouis,  « Eléments pertinents du droit social pour l’audit », Institut des Réviseurs d’Entreprises, 24 November 2009
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  • 2001 - University of Brussels, ULB (Law Degree)
  • 2001 - University of Rotterdam, EU (Law Degree)
  • 2001 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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