Van Olmen & Wynant and the IJE | IBJ host an Employment Law Forum on the “Sharing Economy”

On the heels of the highly successful Day of the Company Lawyer on “the economy of the future – the future of the economy” in November of this year, Van Olmen & Wynant (L&E Global Belgium) and the Belgian Institute for Company Lawyers (IJE | IBJ) hosted a new workshop on social law in practice on the topic “the sharing economy”.

Following an introduction by Chris Van Olmen (founding partner of Van Olmen & Wynant and head of the employment law practice) the forum detailed the innovative project ‘bringr’ that was developed and implemented by Bpost, the Belgian company responsible for the delivery of national and international mail.

Pieter Dewulf (Project Manager at bringr) was the first speaker. He explained that bringr is a platform that brings together the sender of a parcel with the individual who will circulate the parcel. The large pool of non-professional couriers working via the bringr app, ensures a flexible and tailor-made service for everyone wishing to transport parcels. The project was launched just one year ago, but is already functional in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent.

Afterwards, Nicolas Simon (Senior Associate, Van Olmen & Wynant) and Karel Devloo (Associate, Van Olmen & Wynant) explained the employment law aspects of the sharing economy. A particularly significant controversy, mainly about Uber, has surfaced as a result of court decisions in the UK and the USA. Mr. Simon and Mr. Devloo specifically addressed the issue of whether the workers of the sharing economy are independent contractors or employees.

Organised on December 14th at the prestigious Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels, the forum was attended by more than 50 human resources managers and in-house counsels from across the region.

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.

For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at joseph.granato@leglobal.org.