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Claeys & Engels

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Chris Engels

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Claeys & Engels




Chris specialises in labour and employment law, more specifically dismissal law (both individual and collective). He is also a specialist in transfer of undertakings, outsourcing and applicable law issues in an international context. In the field of European law, Chris pays particular attention to issues related to the European Works Council. Chris has acted as advisor to the European Union on matters such as the European Works Council and evolution of labour law. He has also advised the International Labour Organisation. Chris currently is a Professor at the Law School of the K.U.Leuven. He teaches "Arbeidrecht en Onderneming" and "European Labour Law". Chris publishes widely in the area of labour law and also participates in many seminars on the subject, on national and international level.


Dutch - French - English


Chris graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), School of Law, where he also obtained his doctorate of laws. He also has a masters degree in law from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA).



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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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