Hiring employees in Belgium

Resource Type: Country Guides | Published Date: 1 February 2021

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in Belgium so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, examining the Collective Labour Agreement, The Framework Act, Luncheon Vouchers and Eco Cheques.

For example, all employers and employees are subject to national level collective agreements, whilst all those falling under a particular industry sector will be subject to the collective agreement concluded at industrial branch level and declared applicable to that industry.

This guidance will enable you to navigate the heavily regulated employment legislation, providing you with the fundamentals needed to operate compliantly and avoid claims from Belgium’s National Labour Council.

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in Belgium are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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