(International) Employment Law

Within Schelstraete International Law Firm, our colleague Amanda Brouwers is specialized in (International) Employment law. She assists both employers and employees. In 2020, she completed the post-graduate Employment law program from the Grotius Academy.

Due to her knowledge of the international Equestrian Industry and the Sports world, she is also aware of the special employment relationships within the Equine business and the Sports world; where agreements in most cases will deviate from regular employment relationships.

Here are some examples of cases we worked on recently:

Covid-19 – Schelstraete International Law Firm provided advice to international companies on the application of the NOW; the government wage-cost subsidy scheme, to help employers during the time of Covid-19 / Corona crisis.

Instant dismissal – Schelstraete International Law Firm provided advice to a company that had dismissed an employee with immediate effect, while there were doubts about the legal ground. Schelstraete International Law Firm was able to limit the damage: a dismissal was reached by mutual consent, with a payment of limited compensation.

Business economic circumstances – Schelstraete International Law Firm has advised an employee in the banking and finance sector (working at one of the largest banks in the Netherlands) with regards to the termination of her long-term employment due to business economic circumstances. Schelstraete International Law Firm has assessed whether the offer was in accordance with the Social Plan and negotiated the terms and conditions.

Non-competition clause – Schelstraete International Law Firm has advised an entrepreneur and former employee working in the meat industry about the legality and enforceability of his non-competition clause against his former employer.

Dysfunction – Schelstraete International Law Firm has assisted an employee who had just started working in her new position when the employer indicated, during the Covid-19 crisis at the time where working from home was mandatory, that the employee was not developing sufficiently at work. Employee currently has a new challenging position and her compensation pay has been negotiated.

Social Policy Plan / RI&E – Schelstraete International Law Firm advised a training and trading stable with drafting a Social Policy Plan incorporating according to the Dutch law legally required RI&E to prevent abuses, accidents and liability.

Income tax and social insurance premiums – Former employer had approximately €10,000.00 social insurance premiums withdrawn from the employee’s salary, in the absence of a legal ground. No legal proceedings were necessary, after sending a letter and negotiations by Schelstraete International Law Firm, the former employer held his tax adviser liable, who paid the amount to the client.

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