When employing personnel in Belgium it’s important to assess the relationship between the employer and the employee.

In Belgium, labour law is also based on so-called Collective Bargaining Agreements, concluded between the social partners, representing both the employer and the employees. The collaboration between the social partners brings flexibility but also differences between the industries.

Did you know that for employees working in Belgium temporarily, different rules apply than for employees permanently working here?

Did you now that a company whose registered office is not established in Belgium, must respect the employment conditions applicable in Belgium for its temporarily posted workers?

A number of conditions need to be met. We can assist you to guarantee full compliance.

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Employing personnel in Belgium? Let’s discuss about what you need to know concerning the rules, regulations, and red tape for hiring employees.

Why work with Xpatriate ?

We go the extra mile and get things done in a professional and friendly manner.

  • Assuring compliance from different perspectives
  • Bringing you peace of mind is our goal
  • Dedicated team of experts with hands-on approach
Labour Law

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which employment documents should I foresee for my workforce in Belgium?
    Each employer must have work regulations, a staff register and individual accounts in place for its employees. By submitting a Limosa declaration, the foreign employer is exempt from this obligation for a period of 12 months.
  • What is a joint committee?
    Per industry, a joint committee (“JC”) is set-up as a representative and advisory body of employers and employees. The JC develops and concludes collective bargaining agreements regulating the working conditions in the concerned industry. 
  • What are the binding provisions of Belgian labour law?
    Rules you cannot deviate from in the contract such as rules regarding working hours and rest periods, minimum wages, the well-being of workers etc.
  • What if my business is affected by the covid-19 outbreak?
    The measures put in place by the Belgian and Regional governments can help your company and its employees to stay healthy and survive this global crisis. If you have been forced to close your business, you can apply for premiums and unemployment benefits. Many other measures are available.


Assisting organizations to be compliant with home and host country legislation when moving staff around the globe.
Assuring a seamless immigration process for all parties involved. Giving personalized legal advice to actual implementation of the advice.
Monitoring social security coverage is important when moving. Similar and continued subjection according the applicable laws needs to be assured.
Setting up a Belgian payroll is challenging. We help you and take care of all mandatory affiliations to official bodies according Belgian labour law.
Belgian labour law sets-out many complex provisions to protect both employers and employees. We provide the necessary guidance to assure compliance with the applicable regulations.
International mobility implies change in tax position for expat and company. We assist in optimizing that tax position according local fiscal rules.

It’s our business to bring

you peace of mind.

Sandrine Le Clef, xpatriate