Statistics on collective redundancies

26 september 2018 - Filip Tilleman
Since 2011, the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue has published quarterly statistics on collective redundancies on the website www.employment.belgium.be. The number of collective redundancies announced in 2017 was remarkably low: 3,829. Compared to the record years 2012-2013, there was even a drop by 77%! However, the beginning of 2018 was another tough period, with 2,405 jobs in the first quarter.

Can an employer simply change the function of an employee?

31 augustus 2018 - Filip Tilleman
It can happen that an employer wants to change the function of an employee. If there is mutual agreement, this is, of course, perfectly possible. From a strictly legal point of view, an addendum does not even need to be drawn up. However, it is advisable to do this so that both parties know where they stand.

Dismissal for absenteeism

24 mei 2018 - Filip Tilleman
An employee simply fails to turn up for work. Her employer is not even informed. No form of justification, such as a medical certificate, is forthcoming. In response, the employer sends a letter by recorded delivery requesting that the employee presents herself again for work immediately or justifies her absence.

Recruitment through employment agencies

24 april 2018 - Filip Tilleman
The motives that the legislator provides for recruitment through employment agencies are clear: it must involve temporary situations, whereby the company has an acute personnel shortage and this is remedied by taking on agency staff. In reality, however, agency work has evolved considerably to become a highly efficient means of recruitment.

The implications of a strike

28 september 2017 - Filip Tilleman
Now that there is every likelihood that another national strike is on its way, the question arises what the personal effects are for the strikers in terms of labour legislation. Are strikers entitled to pay and holidays? What are the rights of blue-collar workers and temping staff? What if strikers become involved in an accident?

GDPR: surely you have already looked into data protection?

14 september 2017 - Luc Goris
On 24 May 2016, the European GDPR Regulation (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force. This regulation governs the processing of personal data and includes a number of amendments to the current Belgian Privacy Law. The impact of these changes on your business should not be underestimated. A transitional period of 2 years has been provided. This means you have until 25 May 2018 to ensure your company is ready to fulfil the new obligations.

From use to abuse with the company mobile

25 juli 2017 - Filip Tilleman
In order to carry out her work, an employee has been issued a mobile phone by her employee. The company does not have a mobile phone policy so there is no specification as to whether it may be used for private purposes. The employee assumes, on this basis, that unlimited private calls may be made.

How is holiday pay calculated?

14 juli 2017 - Filip Tilleman
Employees, by definition, do not work during holidays. Fortunately, neither blue- or white-collar workers suddenly lose their salaries during their holidays. However, holiday pay for both groups of workers is not calculated and paid out in the same way. We will explain how this works and also the exceptions such as variable salary and corrections.