Claeys & Engels

Boulevard du Souverain 280
1160 Auderghem

At Claeys & Engels, we offer a full range of legal services in all areas concerning human resources. We like to think that what sets us apart is how we partner with our clients and accomplish results that matter to our client's business.

Each question is dealt with by a specialist team of lawyers experienced both in providing advice and in litigation.

In addition, our lawyers can draft and implement with you, internal policies and codes of conduct that dovetail with your human resources policy.

Our office is the first specialist law firm offering a full service to both national and international clients on all aspects of human capital. In view of the growing internationalisation of the economy, Claeys & Engels is actively participating in a specialist international alliance, Ius Laboris.

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Practices details :

Social Law, Labour Law

Tax, Corporate Pensions

Claeys & Engels has offices in:

  • Brussels
  • Antwerp
  • Ghent
  • Liège
  • Kortrijk
  • Hasselt

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Recruiter :

Mrs. Laurie Robert (HR Assistant)
Tel: 32 (0) 2 761 46 33
Fax: +32 (0)2 761 47 00

Manager :

Mr. Olivier Wouters (Managing Partner)
Tel: +32 (0) 2 761 46 24
Fax: +32 (0)2 761 47 00

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Corona unemployment regime is possible again for all companies

All companies wanting to introduce the regime of temporary unemployment due to the coronavirus can resort again to the flexible regime of temporary unemployment due to corona force majeure

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Vlerick survey on business practice & opinions related to reward taxation

Claeys & Engels has a long-standing cooperation with the Vlerick Centre for Excellence in Strategic Rewards. We regularly participate in the activities of the Centre focusing on legal and tax aspects of compensation and benefits. 

In this regard, we want to investigate with Vlerick the opinions and experiences of companies related to the current taxation and social security treatment of different reward instruments in Belgium.

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Claeys & Engels appoints a new Counsel

As of 1 January 2019, Stephanie Raets has become counsel within Claeys & Engels.

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Claeys & Engels appoints new Counsel

Claeys & Engels is pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2017, Ward Bouciqué has become counsel within Claeys & Engels. On a daily basis Ward renders legal and strategic advice to employers with regard to all aspects of individual and collective employment/labour law. Ward has specific interest and knowledge in topics such as restructuring, employment contracts, hiring, policies, redundancies, false self-employment, protected workers, social elections and transfer of undertaking (TUPE).

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Transfer of personal data outside the EEA

In the Schrems II judgment of 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice ruled that the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on the basis of “standard contractual clauses” (SCCs) is only in compliance with the GDPR insofar as the recipient country offers an equivalent level of data protection as in the EU. In the meantime, recommendations have been issued on the supplementary measures which can be taken by companies if the legal framework in the third country does not provide sufficient protection, and a draft version of new SCCs has also been published.

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Two new CBAs in the context of the corona crisis

At their meeting on 7 October 2020, the social partners concluded two new CBAs which once again provide more clarity in the context of the ongoing corona crisis.

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Social elections 2020

If you have resumed your social elections procedure in the meantime by posting the adapted candidate lists on day X+29, your next procedural step is the posting of the submitted candidate lists on day X+40 (which falls in the period from 27 September up to and including 10 October 2020, depending on your new election date). From that time onwards, strict deadlines apply for filing a complaint or starting judicial proceedings against a candidacy. In some cases, the trade union organisations can put forward a replacement. We list these important dates below.

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Temporary unemployment after 31 August 2020

As explained in our previous newsflash (see our newsflash of 3 July 2020), the conditions for Corona unemployment will be adapted from 1 September 2020. In addition, there will be a transitional scheme for temporary economic unemployment for white-collar workers. In the meantime, the NEO and the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue have published the necessary documents enabling companies to submit their applications.

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