Employment incentives and pensions

Our team has a well-established and highly valued advisory and contentious practice that assists foreign and local employers, and exceptionally key employees, with all aspects of Belgian and EU collective labour and individual employment law and benefits and social security coverage dealing with issues of ever increasing complexity in the most direct and cost effective way.

Employment, Incentives & Pensions Services

  • advice on and assistance with all aspects of employment, management and service contracts, secondments, atypical workers, career planning, termination packages and restrictive covenants, etc.

  • European and Belgian works councils and personnel representation

  • negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements and advising on transfers of undertakings and outsourcing

  • restructuring, company closures and collective dismissal

  • occupational health and safety, monitoring and non-discrimination issues

  • immigration (residence/work permits and professional cards)

  • social security, international and bilateral treaties for employees and self-employed persons

  • employee benefits, harmonisation and optimisation of remuneration packages

  • special bonus and severance arrangements for key employees and directors of listed companies

  • complementary pensions and individual pension commitments

  • civil and criminal liability of directors, key employees and legal entities

  • due diligence, employment and social security audits

  • registration of contractors

  • independent management assistance and consultancy

  • litigation and arbitration

Employment, Incentives & Pensions Track Records

  • advising and assisting a Dutch consultant/ investor in litigation over the validity of a call and put option clause related to a share transaction in a Belgian start-up company

  • advising an American listed multinational company concerning a consultancy versus employment contract for the recruitment of an executive

  • advising and assisting an American multinational company concerning applicable law, immigration and payroll setup for hiring a non-resident foreign employee in Belgium

  • advising and assisting a Belgian venture capital company in a termination dispute with an executive, co-investor

  • litigation with an American listed multinational company regarding the application of the (moral) harassment law on a termination case

  • advising and assisting a pharmaceutical company in an international outsourcing project

  • advising and assisting a Dutch construction company involved in a criminal procedure due to illegal posting

  • advising and assisting a US company in an interlocutory injunction proceeding based on unfair competition of its employees