24/01/2022

New increase indemnity for office costs

Employees working from home on a structural and regular basis can be granted a cost allowance by the employer for that homework. The amount of this indemnity was recently increased retroactively from € 129.48 to a maximum of € 132.07&nb...

21/01/2022

Bonus schemes: what to do in 2022?

Some time ago, we informed you about the wage norm which determines that in 2021 – 2022 the wages may increase with maximum 0,4 %. Not all salary elements however are taken into account. In this newsletter, we would like to highlight the possibilit...

10/01/2022

New COVID-19 support measure: advantageous overtime

The government has introduced new support measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The government had already introduced inexpensive overtime hours without an overtime supplement in essential sectors, called “recovery hours”. These inexpensiv...

30/12/2021

New salary limits for work permits as from January 1, 2022

Foreign employees who are not European Economic Area (EEA) citizens need a work permit or a single permit to work on the Belgian territory, unless they are exempt from this requirement. Since July 1, 2014, the authority to grant a work permit or a...

29/12/2021

Indexation January 2022 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. This indexation is a mechanism whe...

17/12/2021

New extension corona unemployment

The government has decided to extend the existing corona unemployment scheme, which would normally expire on 31.12.2021, to 31.03.2022. The extension has also been communicated by the Unemployment Office (RVA/ONEM) in the meantime. More informatio...

13/12/2021

Sectoral agreement 2021 - 2022 for joint industrial committee 209

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. In the past few months, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sector level, have b...

07/12/2021

Sectoral agreement 2021-2022 for joint industrial committee 207

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level.  Over the past months, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sectoral level, ...

03/12/2021

Telework adjustment and Self Assessment Testing Tool COVID-19

Telework adjustment In our newsletter of 11/23/2021 about the mandatory telework declaration, we informed you that telework is currently mandatory for all employees with a teleworkable position during 4 days a week and from December 13, 2021 ...

02/12/2021

Sectoral agreement 2021 - 2022 for joint industrial committee 226

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

24/11/2021

Sector agreement 2021 - 2022 for joint industrial committee 200

The social dialogue in Belgium is organized on 3 levels: inter-sectoral/federal, sectoral and company level. In the past few months, the wage norm and several employment measures which serve as the basis for the negotiations on a sector level, have b...

23/11/2021

COVID-19: Mandatory telework declaration for employers

On November 17, 2021, the Consultative Committee has decided to make teleworking mandatory again, unless the nature of the job or the continuity of the business operations, the activities or services make it impossible to telework. The Royal Decree h...

10/11/2021

Indexation forecast January 2022 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...

29/10/2021

Leftover holidays? The do’s and don’ts in short

The end of the year is approaching: colleagues are making arrangements for the holidays between Christmas and the New Year and a few forward-looking souls are already dreaming about their holiday destination for the summer of 2022. On the other hand,...

26/10/2021

Paid educational leave and Flemish training leave: what’s new this school year?

The school year is in full swing, 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 training course and to be absent from ...

15/10/2021

Public holidays in 2022

As 2021 is gradually coming to an end, we want to provide you with an overview of the Belgian public holidays for 2022, and a reminder of the rules applicable to replacement days. New Year's Day              ...

06/10/2021

New COVID-19 support measure: reduction of social security contributions

The government has introduced a new COVID-19 support measure: a new type of reduction of social security contributions for employers who have an increase of labour volume in Q3 2021 in comparison to Q1 2021. The increase is calculated according to...

29/09/2021

Extension corona unemployment

The government has decided to extend the existing corona unemployment scheme, which would normally expire on September 30, 2021, to December 31, 2021. The extension has also been communicated by the Unemployment Office (RVA/ONEM) in the meantime.&nbs...

06/08/2021

The corona premium

As you are aware, the Belgian government has taken several measures to support the sectors severely affected by the corona crisis. It has been a year since we informed you about the government's decision to introduce consumption vouchers. Employ...

27/07/2021

Extension bereavement leave

An employee who loses a loved one, needs time to mourn. The employee receives a number of days of “bereavement leave” for this purpose. How many days of bereavement leave the employee receives depends on the relationship the employee has with the...

01/07/2021

COVID-19: Belgian measures

The Federal Government has introduced several support measures for employers since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. With this newsletter, we would like to inform you about the measures that will be extended and about the measures that will come ...

23/06/2021

Adjustment mileage allowance as from July 1, 2021

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 ...

04/06/2021

Student work and the points of attention

In the context of the corona crisis, the government has announced that certain hours performed by students will not be counted towards the annual quota of 475 hours. Which hours are impacted and what does this mean in practice? What exactly are the c...

27/05/2021

COVID-19: Declaration telework June

As mentioned in our newsletter of March 29, 2021 the Belgian government has introduced a mandatory electronic registration system where employers must provide a number of data about telework. Originally, it was communicated that the telework decla...

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). ...




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