Van Olmen & Wynant and IJE | IBJ Host Employment Law Forum


Van Olmen & Wynant (L&E Global Belgium), together with the Belgian Institute for Company Lawyers (IJE | IBJ), recently hosted an employment law forum attended by more than 70 human resources managers, in-house counsels, academics and labour and employment law attorneys from across the region.

Following an introduction by Chris Van Olmen (founding partner of Van Olmen & Wynant and head of the employment law practice) the forum included a series of discussions on the trending topic, “Motivation of dismissal in the private and public sectors”.

Guest speakers included Professor Daniël Cuypers, a renowned expert in the field of labour law from the University of Antwerp, who addressed this issue from the view of the private sector.

Thereafter, Thomas de Jongh, attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, explained the first judicial decisions rendered with respective to Collective Labour Agreement n° 109 (Motivation of dismissal) since entering into force on April 1st, 2014 and the impact of those decisions on the private sector.

Stéphanie de Somer (guest Professor at the University of Antwerp and Of Counsel at Van Olmen & Wynant) and Vincent Vuylsteke (attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant) subsequently analysed the decisions recently rendered by the highest courts of Belgium (Court of Cassation, Constitutional Court and the Council of State) in the public sector.

Following the decision of the Constitutional Court of June 30, 2016, justices throughout Belgium have been encouraged to be inspired by the regime of Collective Labour Agreement n° 109, while awaiting the required regulatory intervention, in order to adjudicate such matters and provide necessary guidance on the very complicated situation that currently confronts public sector institutions.

Van Olmen & Wynant’s Employment Law Forums exemplify L&E Global’s commitment to offering the most comprehensive legal analysis capabilities and insight from around the world, now and in the future.

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