As mentioned in our Web Alert of December 2016, long-term sick employees are encouraged to (partially/progressively) return to work by running through a reintegrationpath. This reintegrationpath is a specific procedure aimed at examining whether an adapted position or an altogether different position can be offered to an employee, who is incapable of continuing to perform the initially agreed upon function. In order to ensure the cooperation of the various actors in this reintegration process, the Government has reached an agreement on the sanctions for not complying with the established rules. This agreement must now be put into legislation. In general, the agreement foresees a fine of 800 EUR for an employer who 1) does not promote the reintegration of a long-term sick employee in his company; or 2) does not timely propose a reintegrationplan (when other adapted work is possible); or 3) does not submit (timely) a motivated report (when other work is not possible). An employee who does not comply with his/her obligations regarding his/her reintegration will be sanctioned with a lowering of his/her incapacity benefit.