Discrimination issues can arise in all stages of the employment relation: from hiring to promotion, in the frame of a departure or a disciplinary sanction, when composing a salary package, when determining the scope of occupational pension schemes, employment terms and conditions, codes of conduct, etc.
To which extent can employees be treated differently? Which criteria can be used to justify a different treatment? What are the rules for insurance companies and service providers managing health care and medical plans on behalf of an employer?
Discrimination issues can be a factor of great risk, but just as well equal treatment is an instrument contributing to a successful diversity management.
Discrimination claims are often quite substantial and can be heavily mediatized, which could damage the company’s reputation.
To assist our clients and help them avoiding discrimination pitfalls Younity has established a “competence centre” dedicated to equal treatment focusing on the private as well as the public sector. A team of experts in employment and pensions law is offering a 360° approach in line with Belgian and European legislation and case-law.
We can assist you in the preparation of company policies but also when discrimination issues have materialized, i.a. by handling claims before the labour courts.
Also, in-house and external trainings on various themes related to equal treatment are organized on a regular basis.