Sara Beutels focuses on all aspects of employment and social security law.

Her expertise includes providing legal assistance in the areas of individual and collective dismissals, working time issues, social inspection audits, employee benefits, professional cards and single permits, and the drafting of all employment law-related documentation (such as contracts, work rules and policies).

In addition, she often advises on the employment and social security law aspects connected to (cross-border) M&A transactions, including the information/consultation of employee representative bodies and the rights of employees and formalities in the framework of the transfer of undertakings.

Sara has developed a niche practice in the area of pension matters (legal pensions and occupational pensions).

Moreover, Sara has specific experience regarding the employment law aspects linked to restructuring files such as major judicial reorganisation and bankruptcy files.

Sara represents clients in all employment-related matters before the labour courts.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Sara worked in the Brussels offices of two well-known international law firms, where she specialised in employment and social security law.


Dutch, French, English 


  • University of Leuven, LL.M. in Pension Law, magna cum laude, 2014 
  • University of Leuven, LL.M. in Social Law, cum laude, 2009
  • University of Leuven, Bachelor of Law, 2007

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    • 29/04/2020
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    The Emergency Powers Decree No. 14 with employment-related measures to safeguard an adequate work organisation in certain essential and vital sectors due to the Covid-19 crisis

    On 28 April 2020, an Emergency Powers Decree No. 14 (the Decree) was published in the Belgian Official Journal in order to guarantee an adequate work organisation during the Covid-19 crisis. In particular, the Decree adopts several employment-law related measures in order to address staff shortages in certain essential and vital sectors. This newsflash provides an overview of the most important measures which may be relevant for certain employers.

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    • 06/04/2020
    • Articles

    Unemployment due to force majeure | Practical questions

    The Government recently decided that all employers facing economic difficulties due to the Covid-19 crisis may rely on the regime of temporary unemployment due to force majeure for their employees (See, our previous newsflashes of 10 March and 19 March 2020. In addition, the regime has been simplified so that the employer only needs to submit an electronic declaration to the authorities and the employees subsequently must fill out their personal details via an online form in order to receive payment of the unemployment benefits.

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    • 19/03/2020
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    Coronavirus : Update on Measures Related to Safeguarding Employment Following the Lockdown Measures of 12 and 17 March 2020

    Referring to our newsflash dated 10 March 2020, you will find below an overview of the complementary employment-related measures which have been put in place following the lockdown measures within the framework of Covid-19 as announced by the Belgian government on 12 and 17 March 2020. These measures are subject to continuous changes. The current newsflash provides an overview of the situation to date and we will keep you informed about any important developments in this respect. Click below to read the complementary employment-related measures.

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