EPN SEMINAR: The Belgian Social Law

25 February 2015 19:00

Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

Seminar : The Belgian Social Law

Abstract :

European Professionals Network (EPN) organizes a seminar about ‘The Belgian Social Law’. This seminar aims at giving basisof social law to young professionals and it’s essentially based on the law of 3th July 1978 related to contracts of employment. The social law supports the integration of professionals by having good working conditions.

This project doesn’t want to develop an overall legislation. Its aim is to focus on the young professionals’ needs. For instance; how many days off could they take? What does the probation periodmean? These and many other questions which will be answered during this seminar.

The social legislation is divided into three components : the labour legislation, the employments regulations and the social security. To be more effective, the seminar will focus only on the first two points.

The first chapter on the labor legislation will provide a clear view and understanding of key concepts. At first, we will stress necessary elements of the labour regulation. In other words, it will define: 

– employment contract, employment, salary, link of subordination;

– permanent employment contract, fixed-term contract, part time job, full time job.

Then, the seminar will study the probation period which refers to the period allowing employers and employees to appreciate the qualities of employee for the first one and the qualities of the job for the second one. Another topic of discussion will be employer’s duty and its liability but also employee’s duty. In that way, young professionals will understandtheir rights towards their employer as well as their responsibilities.Finally, the case of employees suspending or putting an end to the contract employment will be highlighted.  

In the second chapter, we will explain briefly the employments regulations by dealing with the social documents, the working time, the regulation of holiday. Indeed, the understanding of these concepts is necessary when starting a job.

At the end of this seminar, young professionals will be able to understand their rights according the law of 3th July 1978 related to contracts of employment. They will be also able to introduce an appeal in case of violation of their rights. 


Siham Lechkar

Born in Brussels, Siham earned a Bachelor degree in Law at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EPHEC). In 2014 she graduated at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and at Université Saint-Louis (FUSL) with a Master degree in European Studies. Siham is particularly interested in the Euro-Arabic relations. Her Master thesis discussed “Les migrations maghrébines à l’épreuve des ‘Printemps arabes’. Etude de cas: Tunisie, Maroc, Algérie”. Siham is also interested in the political situation of the Middle East. During her academic career she had the opportunity to write several short articles about the Arab spring. At the same time, Siham worked as a volunteer for Intal, a Brussels-based association that aims at promoting human rights in developing countries. She had an active role in programming and planning activities across Belgium. As she became further passionate about human rights, in 2014 she started to work for Amnesty International.

Siham joined EPN in December 2014 as EU Project and Communication Manager. She speaks fluent French, English, Arabic and she has basic knowledge of Dutch and Spanish.


 Report of the event

On the 25th February 2015, EPN and For Youth hosted Mrs Siham Lechkar to talk about the Belgian Social Law. Following a pleasant drink during which members took the chance of chatting with one another, Siham Lechkar began her presentation by explaining the component of Social Law and highlighted the main difference between the right to work and the right to social security. Then, she explained to us the legislation on 3rd July 1978 related to the employee working contract. She stressed the rights and duties of employers and employees, for instance how they can suspend or cancel the contract according the legislation.

She further noted that the 2014 reform doesn’t bring a lot of changes in practice but nevertheless represents a big step forward by questioning the worker and employee status. Finally, she opened a debate and let people expressed their feelings vis-à-vis the 2014 reform.

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