Whether you are employed as an employee or you employ employees yourself, employment law is a branch of law that you cannot avoid. Our firm has specialised knowledge of employment law and can assist you as an employer or employee in all its aspects. Employment law is constantly evolving, with continuous new regulations, new exceptions, exceptions to the exceptions, complete abolition of the rule and therefore the introduction of a new rule with new exceptions every now and then. Sounds complicated? It is, but that is where the challenge starts for us!
Employment contract tailored to your needs: clear agreements ensure a good working relationship
Among other things, we can assist you in drawing up your employment regulations or car policy. Of course, negotiating, drawing up or amending employment contracts is also part of our daily practice. Although drawing up an employment contract seems simple at first sight (you only must describe the job, fill in the salary and determine the starting date?), there is a lot more to a tailor-made employment contract, such as:
1. Do you immediately give an open-ended contract or do you start with a fixed-term contract or do you even try to work via an interim agency?
2. Will you employ an ‘ordinary’ employee or does the employee rather perform the tasks of a commercial representative? Is (s)he then entitled to a goodwill indemnity upon termination of the employment contract?
3. Will your employee work full-time or only part-time? If (s)he works part-time, do you consider the additional obligations, as described in our publication De nieuwe regels aangaande deeltijds werk: is uw arbeidsreglement aangepast?
4. Is it useful to include a non-competition clause in the employment contract? It is often reassuring for employers that their employees cannot immediately start working for a competitor after their employment. But do you also know that you have to pay compensation to the employee?
5. If your employee makes a discovery during the employment, who is entitled to the intellectual property thereof? This is an important question if your employee e.g. develops software.
On our website you will find a model of an employment contract that already gives you a good idea of what a good employment contract can look like. However, as shown above, this model needs to be further discussed and supplemented on the basis of the concrete wishes of both the employer and the employee.
During the employment: optimisations but also absences
In the course of the employment relationship, the question is often asked whether the wage can be further optimised. This is often possible, e.g. by granting extra-legal benefits, such as meal vouchers, a mobile phone or even a company car or bicycle.