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Labour and Employment Compliance in Belgium, Fifth edition

By Chris Van Olmen


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Detailed attention to compliance with labour and employment laws is crucial for success in setting up business in a foreign country. This book – one of a series derived from Kluwer’s matchless publication International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook – focuses on the relevant laws and regulations in Belgium. It is thoroughly practical in orientation. Employers and their counsel can be assured that it fulfills the need for accurate and detailed knowledge of laws in Belgium on all aspects of employment, from recruiting to termination, working conditions, compensation and benefits to collective bargaining.

The volume proceeds in a logical sequence through such topics as the following:

  • written and oral contracts
  • interviewing and screening
  • evaluations and warnings
  • severance pay
  • reductions in force
  • temporary workers
  • trade union rights
  • wage and hour laws
  • employee benefits
  • workers’ compensation
  • safety and environmental regulations
  • immigration law compliance
  • restrictive covenants
  • anti-discrimination laws
  • employee privacy rights
  • dispute resolution
  • recordkeeping requirements

A wealth of practical features such as checklists of do’s and don’ts, step-by-step compliance measures, applicable fines and penalties, and much more contribute to the book’s day-to-day usefulness. Easy to understand for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, this book is sure to be welcomed by business executives and human resources professionals, as well as by corporate counsel and business lawyers.

Publish Date 09/08/2020
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403527802
SKU 10058137-0004
Table of Contents


Legal Compliance in Belgium

1. The Legal Framework

2. Contracts of Employment

3. Recruiting, Interviewing, Screening and Hiring Employees

4. Managing Performance/Conduct

5. Termination of Employees for Performance or Disciplinary Reasons

6. Lay-Offs, Reductions in Workforce and/or Redundancies as a Result of Job Eliminations or Other Restructuring

7. Labour and Employment Law Ramifications upon Acquisition or Sale of a Business

8. Use of Alternative Workforces: Independent Contractors, Contract Employees and Temporary or Leased Workers

9. Obligation to Bargain Collectively with Trade Unions: Employees’ Right to Strike and a Company’s Right to Continue Business Operations

10. Working Conditions: Hours of Work and Payment of Wages – By Statute or Collective Agreements

11. Other Working Conditions and Benefits: By Statute, Collective Agreements or Company Policy

12. Workers’ Compensation

13. Company’s Obligation to Provide a Safe and Healthy Workplace

14. Immigration, Secondment and Foreign Assignment

15. Restrictive Covenants and Protection of Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

16. Protection of Whistle-Blowing Claims

17. Prohibition of Discrimination in the Workplace

18. Smoking in the Workplace

19. Use of Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

20. AIDS, HIV, SARS, Blood-Borne Pathogens

21. Dress and Grooming Requirements

22. Privacy, Technology and Transfer of Personal Data

23. Workplace Investigations for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Fraud, Theft and Whistle-Blowing

24. Affirmative Action/Non-discrimination Requirements

25. Resolution of Labour, Discrimination and Employment Disputes: Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation

26. Employer Recordkeeping, Data Protection and Employee Access to Personnel Files and Records

27. Required Notices and Postings