Hiring employees in Belgium
If your business is in the process of expanding to the European nation of Belgium, you will probably need to hire employees there. Belgium has unique and strict regulations, so to stay compliant you will need to understand the country’s hiring protocols and employment laws.
At Horizons, our global expansion consultants can guide you through the recruitment process and provide outsourcing solutions to manage your hiring in Belgium so you don’t have to. With our help, you can find, recruit, and onboard employees in Belgium and ensure full compliance with the nation’s unique laws, even if you don’t have a registered entity there.
Belgium hiring guide
Explore some of the key information about Belgium recruitment and how to hire the top talent for your Belgium expansion.
Where to find employees in Belgium
Discrimination and harassment laws in Belgium
Belgium is a developed country with robust labor laws, and there are many complex regulations in place to ensure the protection of workers’ rights. Regarding discrimination, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against workers for many things, including race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, trade union status, appearance, or health. Also, sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal.
Onboarding staff in Belgium
The onboarding process for employees in Belgium can be confusing. One of the most crucial parts of the process is to register every employee with various government agencies, such as Dimona, the country’s social security system.
Compliance laws for employers in Belgium
Belgium has quite extensive laws regulating employment. For example, trade unions have significant influence over the employment climate, and collective bargaining agreements are often in place dictating legal minimum pay for particular jobs and industries. Additionally, salaries/wages generally need to rise each year in line with the cost of living, so you should factor this into your budgeting.
It can be difficult to ensure you are fully compliant with Belgium’s complex laws, so it is always advisable to enlist the help of compliance experts such as the consultants here at Horizons.