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Chris Engels

Chris Engels

Partner

Office:
Brussels
Languages:
Dutch - French - English

Chris is mentioned by the most important references concerning legal publications:

"Chris Engels specialises in dismissal law and is an expert in matters concerning European labour law. One respondent says, "He has a sound legal knowledge and is extremely responsive. He is very commercial and pragmatic – a leader in the field.".
Furthermore, he has been nominated leading Thought Leader in Europe for Labour & Employment Law in 2017. Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017 has Chris listed amongst the 26 Belgian experts in Labour, Employment & Benefits Law. In 2018 he is mentioned as follows: “The “prompt, practical and business-focused” Chris Engels is recognised as one of the foremost figures in employment law. He draws high praise for his work in dismissal law and labour matters across Europe, with sources highlighting his “invaluable willingness to offer a view on risks and a real opinion on what to do”.”
whoswholegal.com

"Chris Engels is described by sources as a "great lawyer". His practice covers outsourcing, collective dismissals and transfers of undertakings. In addition to his domestic knowledge, Engels is also considered an expert in European labour law." (2018)

“Described as "top in Belgium," Chris Engels is praised by sources who note his "practical mind" and say there is "absolutely no doubt about his technical expertise." He handles individual and collective dismissals and outsourcing, receiving recognition for his knowledge of international law." (2017)
www.chambersandpartners.com

“Market leader Claeys & Engels handles a full range of issues for national and international companies in the private sector, and also acts for public sector bodies. Recent non-contentious work includes advising clients on large-scale restructurings, stock options and setting up pension funds. Contentious mandates included litigation arising from workplace incidents. Chris Engels, Jan Van Gysegem and Ann Witters are names to note.”
www.legal500.com

Chris specialises in labour and employment law, more specifically dismissal law (both individual and collective). He is also a specialist in transfer of undertakings, outsourcing and applicable law issues in an international context. In the field of European law, Chris pays particular attention to issues related to the European Works Council.

Chris has acted as advisor to the European Union on matters such as the European Works Council and evolution of labour law. He has also advised the International Labour Organisation.

Chris graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), School of Law, where he also obtained his doctorate of laws. He also has a masters degree in law from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). Chris currently is a Professor at the Law School of the K.U.Leuven. He teaches "Arbeidrecht en Onderneming" and "European Labour Law". Chris publishes widely in the area of labour law and also participates in many seminars on the subject, on national and international level.

Insights by Chris Engels
Hoe kennelijk onredelijk waren de ontslagbeslissingen van werkgevers sinds 1 april 2014? (Tweede deel)
28 Dec 2017 | Read more
Hoe kennelijk onredelijk waren de ontslagbeslissingen van werkgevers sinds 1 april 2014? (Eerste deel)
13 Dec 2017 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht deel II
05 Dec 2017 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht deel I
01 Dec 2017 | Read more
De collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst bijna vijftig jaar na de totstandkoming van de Wet van 5 december 1968 - (Tweede deel)
25 Oct 2017 | Read more
De collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst bijna vijftig jaar na de totstandkoming van de Wet van 5 december 1968 - (Eerste deel)
13 Oct 2017 | Read more
Overgang van onderneming in het kader van de CAO NR. 32 BIS
24 Apr 2017 | Read more
Ontslag wegens dringende reden
22 Oct 2015 | Read more
De Europese ondernemingsraad in België
01 Aug 2015 | Read more
Belgique: réforme en profondeur de la motivation du licenciement
09 Jan 2015 | Read more
De omzetting van de Richtlijn Collectief ontslag in het Belgische arbeidsrecht
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Arbeidsovereenkomsten en toepasselijk recht
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Inspraak van werknemers
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Collectief ontslag en sluiting van onderneming
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Ontslag om dringende reden
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht deel 3
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht deel 2
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht deel 1
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Taalgebruik in de onderneming
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Summary termination for serious reasons - linguistic requirements- freedom of movement of workers
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Getting the Deal Through - Belgium
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Overgang van onderneming
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Opzegging van de arbeidsovereenkomst en motivering van ontslag
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Protected worker - works council - equal treatment - merit based salary increases - entitlements
01 Jan 2015 | Read more
Het toepassingsgebied van de CAO nr 32bis nogmaals bekeken
01 May 2014 | Read more
Het ontslagrecht is hervormd, nu nog de procedures
12 Apr 2014 | Read more
Colruyt: loonstijging door anciënniteit niet houdbaar
13 Mar 2014 | Read more
Jeté par-dessus bord, mais avec une nouvelle élégance
05 Mar 2014 | Read more
Overgang van onderneming volgens CAO nr. 32bis met wijziging van paritair comité - Lessen uit het arrest Alemo-Herron
28 Feb 2014 | Read more
Nieuw ontslagrecht vergt ook nieuwe procedures
25 Feb 2014 | Read more
Caterpillar tweede duurste herstructurering ooit
30 Jan 2014 | Read more
Taalgebruik in de onderneming - deel 1
01 Jan 2014 | Read more
De nieuwe ontslagregels voor arbeiders en bedienden vanaf 1/1/2014
01 Jan 2014 | Read more
Taalgebruik in de onderneming - deel 2
01 Jan 2014 | Read more
Subordinate Employees or Self-Employed workers? 2014
01 Jan 2014 | Read more
Transnational Information and Consultation: The Recast European Works Council Directive
01 Jan 2014 | Read more
Torenhoge ontslagpremies zijn absurd
23 Mar 2013 | Read more
Nedcar verplicht werkloze werknemers tot 'vrijwilligerswerk' - 'Dit idee maakt in België geen kans'
15 Jan 2013 | Read more
Regulating Temporary Work in European Union: The Agency Directive
01 Jan 2013 | Read more
Het toepassingsgebied van de CAO nr 32 bis nogmaals bekeken
01 Jan 2013 | Read more
Labor and Employment Law SourceBook
01 Jan 2013 | Read more
Regulating Temporary Work in the European Union: The Agency Directive
01 Jan 2013 | Read more
La Formule Claeys dans la tourmente. Plaidoyer pour un nouveau droit du licenciement
31 Oct 2012 | Read more
Note Constitutional Court
18 Oct 2012 | Read more
Belgen creëren meer banen in VS dan andersom
11 Oct 2012 | Read more
De zakenadvocatuur kent geen crisis. Ze leeft ervan
14 Jun 2012 | Read more
Advocatenkantoren bereiden golf van ontslagen voor
16 Feb 2012 | Read more
Ontslaggolf op komst
15 Feb 2012 | Read more
Active Ageing and Labour Law
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
Belgium
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
Transnational Information and Consultation: The Recast European Works Council directive
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
European Works Council Belgium, International Encyclopedia of Laws: Labour Law and Industrial Relations
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
De omzetting van de herschikkingsrichtlijn 2009/38 Europese ondernemingsraden naar Belgisch recht
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
Blue and white collar worker-level of severance pay - length of notice period- equal treatment
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
Aanpassing van Europese ondernemingsraadovereenkomsten aan belangrijke structuurwijzigingen
01 Jan 2012 | Read more
De Formule Claeys in woelige wateren. Pleidooi voor een nieuw ontslagrecht
01 Dec 2011 | Read more
Naar een nieuw en modern ontslagrecht
01 Nov 2011 | Read more
Ontslagvergoeding nog maximum één jaar
11 Oct 2011 | Read more
Artikel 13 van de Herschikkingsrichtlijn Europese Ondernemingsraad. De impact van belangrijke structuurwijzigingen
01 Sep 2011 | Read more
Employment contract - blue collar worker - abusive dismissal
01 Jan 2011 | Read more
De nieuwe richtlijn inzake de instelling van een Europese ondernemingsraad: what’s new?
01 Jun 2010 | Read more
Annotation to Supreme Court SF v Dole European Company
01 Jan 2010 | Read more
Belgium
01 Jan 2010 | Read more
Subordinate Employees or Self-Employed Workers
01 Jan 2010 | Read more
Codex ArbeidsrechtCodex Arbeidsrecht 2010-2011
01 Jan 2010 | Read more
Employment contract - partial execution of employment contract - partial incapacity to work - level of severance pay
01 Jan 2010 | Read more
Is de Belgische wetgeving en praktijk echt té rigide?
22 Dec 2009 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht
01 Jan 2008 | Read more
Arbeidsovereenkomstenwet na 30 jaar… anders bekeken
01 Jan 2008 | Read more
Een dringende reden en toch nog moeten betalen?
01 Jan 2008 | Read more
Belgium: the Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law
01 Jan 2008 | Read more
A discussion on the collective bargaining agreement n° 85 on telework, implementing the European framework agreement on telework
01 Jan 2007 | Read more
Transfer of a business - remuneration - payments made by third party - liability of transferee, annotation to Supreme Court, 9 January 2006
01 Jan 2007 | Read more
Subordinate employees or self-employed workers? 2007
01 Jan 2007 | Read more
Transnational information and consultation: the European Works Council Directive 2007
01 Jan 2007 | Read more
The principle of movement and equal treatment in the context of the discussion on the Draft Service Directive
01 Jan 2006 | Read more
Licenciement pour motif grave
01 Jan 2006 | Read more
Addendum Codex Arbeidsrecht
01 Jan 2006 | Read more
Termination of white collar worker - length of notice period - entitlement to unemployment benefits
01 Jan 2006 | Read more
Remuneration for purposes of social security contribution calculation - employee or self-employed - significance of label given by parties
01 Jan 2006 | Read more
De afschaffing van de wettelijke onbekwaamheid
01 Jan 2005 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht 2005
01 Jan 2005 | Read more
The evolution of labour law in Belgium 1992-2002
01 Jan 2005 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht 2004
01 Jan 2004 | Read more
Belgium. Putting workers at the disposal of a user
01 Jan 2004 | Read more
Outsourcing en overgang van onderneming, het toepassingsgebied van richtlijn 77/187 en de CAO nr. 32bis
01 Jan 2004 | Read more
Belgium. Contract of Employment and Contract for Services (Self-employment)
01 Jan 2004 | Read more
Transnational Information and Consultation: The European Works Council Directive 2004
01 Jan 2004 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht 2003
01 Jan 2003 | Read more
Codex arbeids-en sociaal zekerheidsrecht
01 Jan 2003 | Read more
Termination of employment - compensation in lieu of notice - assessment - share option- profit realised
01 Jan 2003 | Read more
Outsourcing and collectively determined wages and working conditions in Belgium
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
The Council of Europe and the Social Challenges of the XXIst Century
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
Aanwerven, Tewerkstellen en Ontslaan - actuele voorinformatie
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
The European Social Charter: freedom of association and free collective bargaining. European and Belgian implementation
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
Tewerkstelling in de IT-sector: contractuele clausules
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
Does the color of your collar really make a difference? The Unconstitutional Discrimination between White and Blue-Collar Workers
01 Jan 2002 | Read more
Codex Europees arbeids- en sociaal zekerheidsrecht 2001-2002
01 Jan 2001 | Read more
The ILO and the Social Challenges of the 21st Century: The Geneva Lectures
01 Jan 2001 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht 2001
01 Jan 2001 | Read more
Addedum Codex Arbeidsrecht 2001
01 Jan 2001 | Read more
Social elections for employee representative bodies enterprise level an the use of legal presumptions in order to determine the technical unit of operation
01 Jan 2001 | Read more
De terbeschikkingstelling van personeel in het kader van de Wet van 24 juli 1987
01 Nov 2000 | Read more
Overdracht van Onderneming en Outsourcing, Arbeidsrechtelijke Aspecten
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Wijziging van paritair comité bij overgang van onderneming en het lot van de collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Enkele arbeidsrechtelijke aspecten aangaande de salary split
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Arbeidsovereenkomsten en toepasselijk recht (vervolg)
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Deregulation and labour law: the Belgian case
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Codes of conduct. Freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
Multinational Entreprises and the Social Challenges of the XXIst Century. The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles at Work - Public and Private Corporate Codes of Conduct
01 Jan 2000 | Read more
European Works Councils in Belgium
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Wie moet de sociale verkiezingen organiseren? Sociale verkiezingen 2000
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Outsourcing. De individuele en collectieve rechten van de werknemers bij overgang van onderneming
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Terbeschikkingstelling van personeel
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Belgian report
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Codex Arbeidsrecht 1999
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
De gelijke behandeling van mannen en vrouwen, een Europees en Amerikaans rechtelijk perspectief
01 Jan 1999 | Read more
Affirmative action & sexual harassment - State of the law in the European Union and Belgium
22 Jun 1998 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht en de Europese Unie
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
European Labour Law
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Ontslagzakboekje
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Leuven Law Series - publikatie van papers in het kader van het Masters program
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Labour Law and Industrial Relations at the Turn of the Century, Liber Amicorum in Honour of Prof. Dr. Roger Blanpain
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Contractuele afspraken aangaande opzeggingstermijnen
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
De parochie-assistent en het Belgische arbeidsrecht, zoals vuur en water
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
De verdere implementering van de Richtlijn 94/95 : beter laat dan nooit
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Contractuele afspraken aangaande de latere beëindiging van arbeidsovereenkomsten (I)
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Belgium
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Arbeidsrecht en de Europese Unie, na het Verdrag van Amsterdam (II)
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialized Market Economies
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Affirmative action and sexual harassment - State of the law in the European Union and Belgium
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Cause and Consequences : What’s the Difference in Respect of the EC Transfer Directive ?
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Contract Labour, the afhankelijke zelfstandige of de zelfstandige afhankelijke
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
Worker Participation at European Level: European Works Councils
01 Jan 1998 | Read more
European report
01 Jan 1997 | Read more
Belgium 1997
01 Jan 1997 | Read more