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Employment Law Belgium

Gain an understanding of employment law and practice in Belgium and acquire the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with cross country HR issues

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Price: £495 + VAT    
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Please note that the 2021 courses will be now delivered virtually. Contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email for more information and to book. Price: £495+VAT | €595 +VAT | $595 +VAT

This Employment Law Belgium seminar provides key insights into the employment law framework in this important European market and centre of governance.

Through a case study approach it equips participants with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully and effectively manage employees in Belgium. Led by Céline Wauters, a lawyer from top firm Eversheds, this seminar will provide advice on the latest changes and key issues HR must be aware of.


  • Understand the legal framework governing Belgium, including latest developments and law in the pipeline
  • Learn how to deal with key HR issues appropriately
  • Learn how to advise colleagues on key aspects of employment law in Belgium
  • Apply the employment law knowledge learned to real-life scenarios and assess how to deal with practical situations in the most effective and time efficient way



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An overview of the employment law framework in Belgium

  • An introduction to Belgian employment law: examining the legal system and the social framework
  • The generation pact: what this means for employers

Getting started: recruiting staff and making employment contracts

  • Getting to grips with key recruitment issues: non discrimination; asking personal questions; checking for criminal records; references
  • Understanding the different types of employment contracts and related terms
  • Key terms in employment contracts: language; duration; trial periods; non competition; notice periods
  • Typical benefits



Collective bargaining and trade unions

  • Appreciating the role of trade unions in Belgium and how this impacts HR
  • Understanding the terms of collective bargaining agreements

Day to day employee management

  • Working time: key considerations
  • Dealing with absence and performance
  • Discipline and grievances
  • Suspension of the employment contract: justified absences



Employee Representation

  • Social elections and sanctions
  • Employee representative rights
  • Union delegation

Termination of employment

  • Ways of terminating employment and general dismissal protection
  • Information and consultation
  • Notice periods
  • Specific entitlements for older workers
  • Employment tribunals and claims



Discrimination law

  • The legislation in Belgium
  • Bullying and harassment

What’s on the horizon?

  • Future developments in labour law
  • Concerns for employers

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Céline Wauters Céline Wauters

Céline Wauters

Céline obtained her Bachelor in Law at the University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - 2008) and her Master at the University of Brussels, with specialization in social law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - 2010).

During her studies she was Editor in Chief and Member of the Board of the legal periodical Jura Falconis where she was responsible for the Finances and Organization of the Jura Falconis Prize.

Céline is a qualified lawyer at the Brussels Bar. She is fluent in Dutch, French and English. She joined the Eversheds HRPG group in September 2010. She specializes in individual and collective employment law. Céline has particular experience in data privacy issues in the context of the employment relationship.

She helps both Belgian and international companies with their complex employment issues. These involve, amongst others, restructurings, closure of companies, termination of employment contracts, drafting and reviewing of work regulations and policies, international employment matters, audits/due diligences for multinationals, drafting and negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements.

She also has broad experience in litigation regarding these matters on behalf of her clients before Belgian courts.

Business directors, personnel and HR managers, employee relations professionals, in-house counsel, lawyers, line managers and anyone with responsibility for staff in Belgium

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Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Technology is bringing about seismic shifts in how we communicate on both a personal and business level. This is particularly evident in how learning is consumed and JSB is committed to delivering its L&D services in a way that optimises all appropriate technology.

In each case participants receive a documentation pack which includes any presentation material alongside a supporting narrative giving useful background information.

Choose the right approach for you:

Face-to-face attendance

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

Virtual classroom participation

We frequently welcome participants from overseas to our London events. However, we recognise that HR professionals who are responsible for managing workforces in these countries will not always be able to make the financial and time investment necessary to attend JSB events when they run in London. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker throughout the event and will get access to the slides and documentation in exactly the same way as those in the room. All you need is a standard domestic broadband connection.

On demand access

Should you find that you can’t wait until the next event on your chosen topic, you can access a full recording of a recent live event. Again, full slides and documentation will be provided. This is an option for those who cannot attend an event on a particular day. Moreover if the learning is to be of practical value it is often the case that even those who participated on the day welcome the opportunity of accessing the material in the weeks and months following the event. It’s a great way to share content with colleagues too.

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