Beginning Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:30
End Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:00
Location Online webinar
Event fees British Chamber members: €0.00 (incl. VAT)
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This webinar is organised together with our members at Claeys & Engels.

Many webinars have already dealt with the role and responsibility of the employer during the COVID 19 crisis. During this webinar we will be looking at some legal HR strategies employers may need to consider relaunching after the lock-down phase. Many companies have already been thinking about this and we would like to provide you with assistance in this regard.


The following topics will be covered:

 Temporary unemployment for economic reasons: conditions and procedure
 From obligatory to more extended teleworking: how to organise and what measures should be taken?
 Flexible working schedules
 Can annual leave be rescheduled?
 To what extent can companies change the salary and working conditions?
 Modification to travel policies and impact on international employment
 Health and safety: implementation of tools to measure contamination vs. the right to privacy
 Postponement of social elections
 Attention points in the event of reorganisation


Partner | 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.

Partner | Claeys & Engels

Inger advises clients on a daily basis with respect to individual and collective labour issues and assists companies with redundancies, restructuring, acquisitions and negotiations with the unions. She also closely follows developments with regard to end of career issues and UCA and regularly pleads before the labour courts.

Inger has a particular interest in questions concerning discrimination and psychosocial well-being at work.  She also frequently advises clients on the protection of privacy and on the processing of personal data, more specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Inger is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars in Belgium and abroad and has published numerous legal articles.  She is co-author of the annual publications "Actief Eindigen" and "Praktijkboek Ontslag". Inger is member of the “International Practice Group Discrimination” within the international attorney alliance Ius Laboris. In the "Who’s Who Legal 2018" she is recommended as follows: “Inger Verhelst receives praise for her work on collective and individual labour issues and is recognised as “expert in discrimination matters and mobbing”.

Inger Verhelst is guest lecturer in social law at the Antwerp Management School of the University of Antwerp (special programme Master in Human Resources Management) and at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp.

In 2016 she pleaded before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Inger obtained her Master's degree in law from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1994 with distinction and the same year started her career as a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar. Since 2010 she has been a partner at Claeys & Engels.
In 2017 Inger obtained the degree in “Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR) leading to certified DPO” organised by the Solvay Management School of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in cooperation with the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

Senior Associate | Claeys & Engels

Julie advises clients on a daily basis with respect to questions regarding individual and collective labour law, such as hiring and dismissal, transfers of undertakings, remuneration, functioning of the representative bodies, etc. Julie regularly pleads before the labour courts.

She has a particular interest in questions regarding flexible working regimes and working time legislation.

She is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars and has published several articles.

Julie graduated with high merit at the Ghent University in 2006 and obtained an Advanced Master of Social Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2007. Since 2007 she is a lawyer at Claeys & Engels and a member of the Ghent Bar.

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