The traditional Belgian hiring model is based on permanent employment contracts. However, organisations need increasingly flexible working arrangements to address temporary fluctuations in workload or to staff short-term projects. This session will look at alternatives to temporarily engage additional resources.
Sophie Maes will offer an introduction to the key legal aspects you need to know, followed by a testimonial from Mark Cunningham on some of the practical business implications of flexible working arrangements. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking cocktail.
More specifically, we will explore conditions and formalities of:
- Hiring employees under fixed-term contracts or for a defined piece of work
- Use of temporary agency workers and external employees via an external service provider
- Working with independent contractors
Special attention will be paid to:
- Risks for organisations who do not comply with the above conditions, and how to manage such risks?
- And what do you do in case of a decrease in the workflow?
- Are “zero hours” contracts allowed in Belgium, and can an employer adjust working time?
Partner - Member of the Bar | Claeys & Engels
Sophie Maes is a partner at Claeys & Engels, the Belgian member of Ius Laboris. Sophie advises national and international clients on various aspects of international employment (including immigration of employees), labour law and social security law. She has a particular interest in the position of expatriates, temporary staff, global mobility issues, labor and employment law, transfer of undertakings and company restructurings. Sophie is also co-chair of the Global Mobility team within Ius Laboris and works closely with other members of Ius Laboris on transnational employment projects and queries. Sophie has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1998. She graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.L Leuven) in 1997, having studied in Leuven and at the University of Rouen (France). She obtained a special degree in labour law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 1998.