Every entrepreneur or director must consider individual agreements between employers and employees, or enter into agreements with different partners. It is essential for the cooperation between employers and employees, and between clients and independent contractors, to be defined and implemented in accordance with specific rules and regulations. For instance, employers must ensure that foreign nationals comply with specific conditions or have the right permit. Account must also be taken of collective labour relations, which have a major impact on individual labour relations. Social dialogue in Belgium is a highly complex mechanism, and a proper approach therefore calls for the necessary expertise with regard to applicable laws and regulations and negotiation procedures with trade unions.
We offer assistance and advice relating to, among other aspects:
Replacement income, supplementary benefits and income support are measures open to individuals covered by the social security system. Here, the Belgian social security system falls into three different categories that depend on the status of the insured: a system for private sector employees, a system for the self-employed and a system for public servants. Both recipients and contributors can gain from proper legal advice or professional representation relating to any problems or questions they may encounter in the area of social security.
Apart from the classical employer-employee relationship, there are several other ways of formalising the cooperation between independents and other commercial partners, such as management agreements, franchise agreements, distribution agreements, agreements with suppliers, commercial agency agreements and other service agreements.
These contracts are often situated in an international context, affected by a variation of Belgian and international legislation.
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