29/04/2021

COVID-19: Declaration telework May

As mentioned in our newsletter of 29 March 2021, the Belgian government has introduced a mandatory electronic registration system where employers must provide a number of data about telework. In principle, the obligation applies to all employers on a...

23/04/2021

“Working from home” abroad: points of attention

One of the measures to combat the COVID-19 crisis, is the introduction of recommended or compulsory telework for employees. As a consequence, some employees who usually worked in Belgium, decided to perform a part of their homework abroad because tha...

09/04/2021

COVID-19: Leave of absence vaccination and other novelties

On the 9th of April 2021, the leave of absence for vaccination was officially introduced after publication in the Belgian Official Gazette. In this newsletter, we outline the leave of absence for vaccination as well as (the extension of) the most imp...

29/03/2021

COVID-19: Mandatory telework declaration

Teleworking is mandatory in Belgium since the end of October 2020, unless the nature of the job or the continuity of the business operations, the activities or services make it impossible. The Belgian government wants to strengthen the enforcement of...

26/03/2021

Increase of public transport fares as from February 1, 2021

On February 1, 2021, the subscription fees for the train (NMBS/SNCB) and the bus (TEC/De Lijn) have been increased. In this newsletter, we would like to inform you of the impact of these increases for you as an employer. We repeat in a nutshell th...

01/03/2021

Bonus schemes: what to do in 2021?

In the scope of the current negotiations about the wage norm and the maximum allowed increases of the wages for the coming two years, we would like to highlight the possibility to grant employees a non-recurring, result-related bonus or a profit part...

19/02/2021

Telework in times of COVID-19

One of the measures to combat the COVID-19 crisis is the introduction of recommended or compulsory telework for employees. The legal framework for this type of telework was unclear for a long time. In order to finally provide some guidance for the...

29/01/2021

2021: news and modifications

With the new year fully started, we want to inform you in this newsletter about some recent changes that might be important to you.  The abolition of paper eco vouchers For several years now, employers have been able to grant eco vouchers ...

04/01/2021

Indexation January 2021 JIC 200

Each year in January, salaries are adjusted to the cost of living for employees of companies subject to Joint Industrial Committee 200 (JIC 200). In Belgium, this is referred to as the indexation of salaries. This indexation is a mechanism whereby...

18/12/2020

Impact of Brexit on the employment of your employees: social security

Part II: Social Security As you know, the United Kingdom left the European Union on 31.01.2020 and a transition period applies until 31.12.2020, based on the so-called withdrawal agreement. For more information on the background of Brexit and the ...

11/12/2020

Impact of Brexit on the employment of your employees: “where do we go from here?”

Part I: Immigration Following a referendum, the United Kingdom officially announced on 29.03.2017 that it would leave the European Union. On 25.11.2018, a Withdrawal Agreement was concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom in orde...

07/12/2020

Indexation forecast JIC 200 January 2021

Each year in January, salaries are adjusted to the cost of living for employees of companies subject to Joint Industrial Committee 200 (JIC 200). In Belgium, this is referred to as the indexation of salaries. This indexation is a mechanism whereby...

09/11/2020

COVID-19: temporary unemployment for employees in Belgium

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Belgian government has taken different measures over the past months. From 13.03.2020 until 31.08.2020, a very simple form of temporary unemployment due to force majeure “corona” (hereinafter: “corona ...

21/10/2020

Temporary unemployment due to force majeure in the event of closure of school or day care due to the coronavirus

As of October 1, parents will no longer be able to use corona parental leave to take care of their children. As there are currently no plans to extend this type of leave, some parents find themselves in a difficult situation when their children have ...

08/10/2020

Public holidays in 2021

As 2020 is gradually coming to an end, we want to provide you with an overview of the Belgian public holidays for 2021, and a reminder of the rules applicable to replacement days.   New Year's Day - Friday, January 1st 2021 Easter...

22/09/2020

Paid educational leave and Flemish training leave: request the wage cost compensation in due time

The summer holidays are over and school has started again, so about time to list all the regional principles regarding educational leave.   What is the scope? Paid educational leave gives the employee the right to follow an approved tra...

15/09/2020

Leftover holidays? The do’s and don’ts in a nutshell.

The social partners reached an agreement yesterday to equalize the days of corona unemployment for the accrual of holiday rights for 2021. The next step is to see this intention translated into a regulatory framework. With this newsletter, we wish to...

06/08/2020

COVID-19: temporary unemployment as from September 1, 2020

In our newsletter of June 19, 2020, we informed you that the current system of temporary unemployment due to force majeure corona is applicable until August 31, 2020. Under certain conditions, temporary unemployment due to force majeure corona can...

06/08/2020

COVID-19: new Belgian support measures

In the scope of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Belgian government approved some new support measures in July. In view of the frequency of these governmental decisions, we wish to emphasize that this newsletter reflects the state of affairs on Au...

30/07/2020

Amendment to the Belgian Posted Workers Act: new rules for posted employees

Employees who are temporarily sent to work in another EU member state by their employer, are subject to the stipulations of the European Posting of Workers Directive. This directive determines that a set of “hard core” minimum terms of employment...

24/07/2020

Telework: formalities and reimbursement of costs

In view of the Covid-19 crisis and up to 4 May, non-essential companies were obliged by the government to let their employees work from home if their function allowed this. Teleworking like this was possible without the employer having to agree upon ...

24/07/2020

Consumption voucher

In the present newsletter, we will discuss a new and one-off type of remuneration for employees that can be granted free from social security contributions and taxes, i.e. the consumption voucher. The Belgian government introduced this voucher in ord...

16/07/2020

New formalities for the communication of temporary unemployment due to force majeure corona

As communicated in our newsletter of June 19, the special regime of temporary unemployment corona force majeure (hereinafter referred to as 'corona unemployment') will continue to exist until August 31, 2020. There is no news yet concerning a po...

10/07/2020

Joint Industrial Committee 226: impact COVID-19 with regard to eco vouchers, year-end bonus and sector holidays

As you know, due to the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of employers have been forced to apply temporary unemployment corona force majeure (hereafter referred to as ‘corona unemployment’) for their employees. This type of suspension of the employment agre...

26/06/2020

Adjustment mileage allowance as from July 1, 2020

When an employee uses his own car to travel for professional purposes, the employer can reimburse him for the costs incurred. It is not necessary to be able to prove the exact amount of these costs as the authorities have fixed a maximum lump sum ...

24/06/2020

Suspension notice period during temporary unemployment force majeure

In our newsletter of May 13 we informed you that a proposition of law had been accepted, resulting in the notice period being suspended during a period of temporary unemployment force majeure corona (hereafter referred to as corona unemployment). ...

19/06/2020

COVID-19: new and extended Belgian measures concerning employment

In the scope of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Belgian government recently approved some new support measures. Apart from that, it was announced that a number of existing support measures will be extended. In this newsletter, we outline the measure...

11/06/2020

JIC 200: bicycle allowance and impact COVID-19 on eco vouchers and yearly premium

As of July 1, 2020, a couple of changes apply in joint industrial committee 200 (JIC 200) when it comes to the employer contribution in the commuting travel. As June is also the month in which the eco vouchers and the annual premium are being paid, w...

13/05/2020

Legislative proposal: suspension notice period during temporary unemployment force majeure Corona (retroactive effect)

A recently adopted legislative proposal aims to suspend from now on the notice period during a period of temporary unemployment force majeure Corona. This change would also be applicable to employees who were dismissed before the publication of the a...

07/05/2020

Extension simplified procedure temporary unemployment until June 30, 2020

As mentioned in our previous newsletters, in March, the Belgian government introduced the possibility to apply for temporary unemployment for employees, using a simplified procedure. This simplified procedure could initially be used up to May 31, ...

05/05/2020

Corona parental leave

On May 2, 2020, the Council of Ministers approved the introduction of a special type of parental leave, also referred to as the corona parental leave. This temporary type of leave needs to allow parents to ensure a better combination of work and the ...

28/04/2020

Student work: points of attention

In the framework of the corona crisis, the government has announced that the hours a student performs between April 1 and June 30, 2020, will not be counted towards the annual quota of 475 hours. What does this mean? And what exactly are the conditio...

17/04/2020

COVID-19 update: Belgian measures with regard to employment

Recently, the Belgian government has announced new support measures as well as modifications of the current support measures in the framework of the corona crisis. We outline the measures that are currently known in this newsletter. We cannot emph...

15/04/2020

Increase indemnity for office costs

The National Social Security Office (NSSO) has published in its administrative instructions a new amount, adjusted to the cost of living, for the reimbursement of office costs. This indemnity amounted to maximum €126,94 per month and will, as from ...

08/04/2020

COVID-19: temporary unemployment for employees

As you could read in our previous newsletter, the Belgian government introduced the possibility to apply for temporary unemployment for employees, using a simplified procedure. This simplified procedure could initially be used up to the 6th of April ...

23/03/2020

Corona virus Covid-19: Belgian measures with regard to employment

In these challenging times, we’d like to outline a number of possible support measures for you as an employer. We highlight the fact that the below mentioned measures only relate to the employment of your employees. You may also be eligible for oth...

12/03/2020

Corona - Business Continuity Plan

Without giving in to panic or hysterics, we would like to briefly outline how Pro-Pay will try to minimize the impact of the Corona virus on its operations. Specific steps taken by Pro-Pay in the framework of the Corona spread Our staff are ...

28/02/2020

Notification obligation for posted workers in the Netherlands

Belgium and the neighbouring countries Since 2007, the Limosa-notification has been introduced in Belgium. This notification applies for employees who usually work or have been hired in another country than Belgium and who temporarily and / or par...

03/01/2020

Collective bonus plans: new threshold amount

Since 2008, employers in Belgium may grant their employees a non-recurring, result-related benefit, also referred to as a bonus plan, based on the act of 21 December 2007 and collective labour agreement n° 90 (CLA n° 90). If the benefit does not...

30/12/2019

Indexation January 2020 JIC 200

Each year in January, the salaries are adjusted to the cost of living for employees of companies subject to Joint Industrial Committee 200 (JIC 200). In Belgium, this is referred to as the indexation of salaries. Indexation is the mechanism whereb...

18/11/2019

Paid educational leave and Flemish training leave 2019: request the wage cost compensation in a timely manner

The school year has started again and in Flanders, paid educational leave was replaced by the Flemish training leave. It is high time to list all the regional principles regarding educational leave. What is the scope? Paid educational leave giv...

15/11/2019

Indexation forecast January 2020 JIC 200

Each year in January, salaries are adjusted to the cost of living for employees of companies subject to Joint Industrial Committee 200 (JIC 200). In Belgium, this is referred to as the indexation of salaries. Indexation is the mechanism whereby sa...

06/11/2019

Social elections 2020

In 2020 it’s that time again: a lot of companies will have to organize social elections. What are social elections? The purpose of social elections is to select the staff representatives who will take part in the Works Council (WC) or the Com...

24/10/2019

Sectoral agreement 2019-2020 for joint industrial committee 207

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. At the end of April of this year, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sectoral l...

18/10/2019

Leftover holidays 2019? The do’s and don’ts in a nutshell.

The end of the year is approaching. Colleagues are making arrangements for the holidays between Christmas and New Year, a few forward-looking souls are already dreaming about their holiday destination for the summer of 2020 and the workaholics of the...

16/10/2019

Public holidays in 2020

As 2019 is gradually coming to an end, we want to provide you with an overview of the Belgian public holidays for 2020 and a reminder of the rules applicable to replacement days. New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1st 2020 Easter Monda...

19/07/2019

Sectoral agreement 2019 - 2020 for joint industrial committee 200

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. At the end of April of this year, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sectoral l...

15/07/2019

Sectoral agreement 2019 - 2020 for joint industrial committee 209

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. At the end of April of this year, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sectoral l...

12/07/2019

Sectoral agreement 2019 - 2020 for joint industrial committee 226

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. At the end of April of this year, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sectoral l...

28/06/2019

Adjustment mileage allowance from 1/7/2019

When an employee uses his own car to travel for professional purposes, the employer can reimburse him for the costs incurred. It is not necessary to be able to prove the exact amount of these costs as the authorities have fixed a maximum lump sum ...




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