In the course of several past few decades, employment law and employee participation law have become a specialty in its own right. For the human resources departments of most organizations, it is virtually impossible to have the needed expertise in-house. In acknowledgement of the growing importance of this specialty, Steins Bisschop Meijburg & Co has formed a separate Employment Law and Employee Participation Law Practice Group. This group focuses on the law governing relationships in which personal labour is a factor.
Labour relations encompass more than just employee-employer relationships
Obviously, we are occupied with the legal aspects of the employer-employee relationship. However, we also engage in other aspects of labour relations. For instance, you can call upon our broad expertise in providing advice, drafting or evaluating contracts of employment, subcontracting (freelance contracts, management contracts, etc.), building contractors, agents: in short, all contracts under which people may perform personal labour.We can also conduct whatever legal proceedings may arise from these matters. Often this will involve termination of the agreement. However, you can also seek our advice on the implications deriving from terminating an employment contract, such as the non-competition clause, and final settlement. Whether the procedure involves an individual or a collective dismissal, we can help you. In fact, we are regarded by many as being renowned in this respect.
Temporary labour relations are becoming more important
Temporary labour relations are entered into with increasing frequency and appear in many a variety of forms. Temporary workers and employees on assignment are a regular phenomenon in most organisations. We evaluate the implementation of the agreements for the desired temporary arrangement, draft those agreements and provide related advice. We not only render this service for assignments in the Netherlands, but – through our co-operation with other KPMG disciplines at home and abroad – also for the secondment of temporary labour to and from the Netherlands.
Labour has many facetsLabour comes into play in many other fields of law, and we have the expertise to help you with these as well. For instance, the Employment Law and Employee Participation Law Practice Group has a profound knowledge of pension law and extensive experience with employee participation law (Work Councils and Collective Labour Agreements). Issues related to the transfer of businesses – sometimes pertinent in the case of outsourcing and insourcing – are part and parcel of the consultancy services we provide and, if necessary, the proceedings we institute.
Support at an international level
The activities of businesses and other organisations are increasingly global in nature. Accordingly, labour relations must also be addressed at an international level. For this purpose, we work closely together with the firms associated with KLegal International, our international network of lawyers. In practice, this means that we provide you with access to a network of labour law lawyers in Europe and beyond (for instance, in Australia and New Zealand).