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Esther Soetens

Esther Soetens

Managing Associate


  • Employment and Labor

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Esther specialises in individual and collective labour law and in social security law. She advises Belgian and international clients on a wide variety of labour law issues, such as hiring and firing, well-being, the transfer of undertakings, working time, employee representation, etc.

She also assists clients during negotiations, the drafting of company policies, contracts and collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
Esther has broad experience in due diligence and advising in M&A-transactions.

She represents clients before the Employment Courts and Employment Appeal Courts.

Esther is also responsible for legal know how within ALTIUS’ employment department, the drafting of its newsletters and the development of its tools and websites.
Esther is a regular speaker at seminars and is a member of the ‘Vereniging Sociaal Recht’.
Areas of Practice

Employment and Labor


The End of Mandatory Telework?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2021

On Friday 4 June 2021, a new Ministerial Decree was published in the Belgian State Gazette that includes new provisions regarding telework. For the time being, telework remains compulsory and employers remain obliged to register their non-teleworkable positions with the National Social Security Office (NSSO) and to provide workers whose presence at the workplace is needed with a certificate confirming this fact...

New National Labour Council CLA Sets Framework for Covid-Telework
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, February 2021

Traditionally, Belgian labour law distinguishes between two forms of telework, namely structural telework, regulated by the Collective Labour Agreement n° 85, and occasional telework, regulated by the Act on Workable and Agile Work. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a third category has been added, namely 'Covid telework', which was, at a certain point, recommended but has now been made compulsory again by the government...

Enhanced Role for the Occupational Doctor in Combatting Covid-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2021

A new Royal Decree published on 21 January 2021 in the Belgian Official Gazette has temporarily extended the occupational doctor's role in combatting the Covid-19 virus...

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