Employment law

The employment environment is changing at great pace. Laws and regulations are amended all the time. Flexible employment arrangements are becoming increasingly important. Our employment lawyers have dozens of years of experience and can be your strategic partner in all your complex employment law issues. Their experience extends to matters such as job cuts, complex reorganisations, employee participation, (harmonising) employment terms and conditions, and employment law factors in mergers and acquisitions.

Our approach

La Gro Geelkerken’s employment lawyers will support and make life easier for you in all complex and strategic employment law matters. We are committed to building long-term collaborations with our clients and invest in lasting partnerships. Our employment law team will not only join your thought process but also anticipate future developments, give targeted advice, and be a sparring partner to employers. The team also includes specialist mediators who can mediate in industrial disputes and conflicts in the workplace.

In most cases, our day-to-day support initially takes place in the background. We will then step into the foreground as soon as we have to. In court, too, you can rely on our expertise and experience, although we always prefer to settle potential conflicts at an earlier stage. Together with you, we will actively find ways for your organisation to learn from recent cases. Timing is essential in employment law. That’s why we are always proactive, keep our eye on the ball, work quickly, and get to the point. We think outside the box and come up with practical solutions.

In order to help you expand and deepen your legal knowledge, we will be happy to share ours. We do that through knowledge sessions, webinars, podcasts, blogs, and white papers. This way, you are always up to date with the latest developments in legislation, regulations, and case law that are relevant to you.

Your specialist
Gerard Zuidgeest

Specialist Employment law

What we can do for you

Employee participation is something you can organise in different ways at your company. We will assist you in shaping the most practical Works Council structure possible, and make advisory and approval processes as easy as possible for you.

The law around collective labour agreements is increasingly becoming a separate specialist area within employment law. A collective labour agreement has ceased to be merely a negotiation process between employers and employees. Sometimes it is unclear whether or not your company is governed by a specific collective agreement. And collective labour agreement issues also play a role in mergers and acquisitions. Our employment law specialists also have extensive experience negotiating collective agreements and advising and litigating on issues relating to collective labour agreements.

Anticipating future developments and making strategic use of the possibilities offered by the law and regulations can have great impact on the outcome of a (possible) reorganisation. We will help you manage this and show you the possibilities. Our lawyers regularly help HR departments as they steer a company through a reorganisation and negotiate a social plan, for example.

When entering into an employment contract, both the employer and the employee are confident that they are about to embark on a long-term relationship. However, dismissal is inevitable sometimes, such as when the employee’s performance is below par or there is simply not enough work to do. We give advice and help you steer this kind of situation towards the desired outcome. In such a process, the result always comes first for us. If deemed effective, (announcing) legal action may be an option.

As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably have to deal with employees who – unfortunately – are on sick leave long term or become unable to work. A connection between the sick leave and the work someone does can then lead to a lot of frustration. You are responsible for the process of helping employees return to work and continuing their wage payments, but the employee also has obligations. We will take care of all the legal aspects for you.

As an employer, you have both a duty of care towards your employees and a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment. But still, a workplace accident can always happen. If one of your employees were to have an accident while working at your company, employer’s liability legislation says that you are generally responsible for the loss, damage, or injury.

It can be difficult to determine what exactly comes under this employer’s liability. We can advise you beforehand on what measures to take to fulfil your duty of care and can help you if an accident at work were to occur.

Soms is niet duidelijk wat onder de werkgeversaansprakelijkheid valt. Wij kunnen adviseren over uw zorgplicht en staan u bij als sprake mocht zijn van een bedrijfsongeval.  

Public service law is a field of law in its own right. The Public Servants (Normalization of Legal Status) Act that was introduced in the Netherlands has brought public servants’ legal status into line with that of employees in the private sector. Despite that, public servants are still also subject to various specific pieces of legislation and regulations.

Our Public Sector team has been providing legal assistance to local authorities and other public authorities for dozens of years. Our Employment Law team works closely together with the Public Sector team in dealing with all questions about legal status and employment law from our public-sector clients.

A pension is extremely important for increasing numbers of workers. It is also a topic that many have a lot of questions about, especially following changes to schemes and legislation. On top of that, it is not always clear whether or not you are under an obligation to save for your pension through an industry pension fund. It is also important that you be aware of pension options when acquiring or merging with another company. We will support and advise you in ensuring you correctly abide by current pension laws.

Directors under the articles of association and directors by title are governed by different employment law rules. Given the complexity of the legal status of a director under the articles of association, it is always wise to get legal advice and have the employment contract or management agreement reviewed by a lawyer. This will avoid unpleasant surprises for both parties.

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