Social law

Social law

Our social law department will assist you in all matters of social law: individual and collective labor law, Belgian and international social security, social assistance and D.I.S. (right to social integration), social criminal law and civil service law.

This assistance applies to the social law aspect of the private sector and to the particularities of the public sector.

We will assist you with information, advice, drafting of acts, negotiation, conciliation or legal remedy.

Our department is involved in all matters relating to the training, qualification, execution, suspension and termination of the employment contract.

We provide you advice on matter related to the Works Council or the Committee for the prevention and protection of work, trade union delegation, social elections, collective disputes, the dismissal of protected workers, restructuring, mergers, and collective redundancy.

Our department deals with issues that an employer or an individual might have with the social authorities (NSSO, INASTI, SPF, etc.), difficulties related to the status of workers (contracted or self-employed), social benefits granted to workers, the status of assigned or expatriate workers, etc.

We will provide you assistance with regard to the obligations of employers and workers, civil and criminal liability, relations with the labor inspection services, administrative fines or penalties and possible remedies.

We work together with the departments of business law, tax law, real estate law and public law to provide assistance in the management of staff and to establish appropriate actions to avoid any social risks.

Labor law (individual and collective)

Our services include:

  • Negotiation and/or drafting of employment contracts, self-employed or sub-contracting contracts.
  • Audits of documents and procedures related to human resources: work regulations, administrative and financial statutes, vehicle policy, mobile phones, mail and internet, group insurance.
  • Incapacity for work, special leave, maternity leave, annual leave, time credit.
  • Wage policy: granting benefits in kind, reimbursement of expenses, alternative remuneration to “maximize” wages, stock options.
  • Working hours, flexibility, overtime.
  • Well-being at work: medical checks, violence and harassment in the workplace, non-discrimination, use of new technologies and respect for privacy.
  • Working abroad or work of foreigners in Belgium: assignment of workers, provision of personnel, salary split, remuneration of expatriates.
  • Change of working conditions.
  • Termination of work relation: dismissal or resignation, letters of termination, agreements, prior hearing, reasons for the termination, social documents, period of notice, calculation of compensation.
  • Good cause, unreasonable cause and unfair dismissal.
  • Professional reclassification, outplacement, unemployment with additional compensation

Social security law

We deal with the following matters:

  • Social security participation or self-employed status.
  • Obligations of employers and employed or self-employed people.
  • Submission of remuneration and benefits to social contributions
  • Compensation for accidents at work or occupational diseases
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Legal and complementary pensions of the private or public sector.

Social criminal law

Our services, with the help of the Criminal Law Department, include:

  • Assistance with the drafting of acts or the management of human resources in order to avoid an offence
  • Review of the risk of violations
  • Assistance during hearings by the inspection services and the NSSO
  • Representation before the Labor Audit Authority and competent courts.

Public Service Law

With the collaboration of the department of public and administrative law, the department of social law participates in social litigations involving administrations and statutory and contractual agents, in the drafting of regulations, statutes or working regulations or in managing occupational risks related to well-being at work.