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Claeys & Engels

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Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Liege
Claeys & Engels, Olivier Wouters, Brussels, BELGIUM

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Olivier Wouters

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Claeys & Engels




Olivier devotes much of his practice to advising and assisting companies on all matters related to labour and employment. He has a strong expertise in subjects such as dismissals, company reorganization, collective bargaining, duties and rights of employee representatives, social elections, strikes, interim work, and management agreements. He regularly represents companies before the Belgian labour tribunals and courts. With respect to his areas of expertise Olivier is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops and regularly publishes articles in legal magazines and books. He is, amongst others, co-author of the annual publication "Praktijkboek Ontslag" and the quadrennial publication "Case law Social Elections". He is a member of the editorial board of the law journal "Oriëntatie". Olivier started his career as an attorney with Claeys & Engels in 1999 and became a partner in 2009. He has been the firm’s Managing Partner since 1 January 2015.


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Olivier graduated with a Master of Laws from the K.U.Leuven in 1998, after securing his LL.B at the Facultés Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur. In 1999, he obtained a special degree in social law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.



Within: Employment

Claeys & Engels has an excellent reputation for its established strength in human resources law. The practice operates out of its six offices and is able to advise a client base - made up exclusively of companies, drawn from a range of sectors - on the whole spectrum of employment matters; recent work includes assisting five industries with their company-wide pension schemes. Key names in the group include Chris Engels, Olivier Wouters, Olivier Debray and Jan Van Gysegem.

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  • Posting of workers to Belgium: Notification of the liaison officer through the LIMOSA declaration

    The Act of 11 December 2016 transposed the Enforcement Directive (2014/67/EC) into Belgian law. This act made some modifications to the Act of 5 March 2002 concerning the working, remuneration and employment conditions in case of posting of workers in Belgium and the compliance with it. One of the novelties was the obligation for a foreign employer to appoint a  liaison officer (physical person) in Belgium to act as a contact person with the Belgian  inspectorate. The Royal Decree of 14 September 2017 that was published yesterday in the Belgian State Gazette states that the liaison officer must be appointed through the LIMOSA declaration. The Royal Decree enters into force on 1 October 2017. 
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