The government agreement included the intention to install a second month of guaranteed wage, to be paid by the employer to employees who are incapable of working due to illness or accident. This would entail a significant additional cost for employers, but a saving for the social security system. The measure was first postponed to […]
Some of the major new measures, which will be put in place for the coming years and which will need to be further detailed, include: increasing the competitiveness of companies: the employers’ social security contribution on wages will gradually be reduced from 33% to 25% and fiscal incentives will be offered to Small and Medium […]
The Brussels’ Labour Court of Appeal ruled on 13 February 2015 that an employer moving his operating unit to the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium must translate existing labour documents (in the case at hand a yearly bonus plan) into Dutch, even if these documents were valid at the time of their initial drafting, as they […]
The Belgian government has decided to increase the so-called “social and fiscal work bonus”. From 1 August 2015 onwards, workers with a lower income (up to 2,385 EUR gross) will receive a higher net wage due to a reduction of their social security and tax contributions. An Act in this respect has been voted on […]
The Law of 2 June 2015, amending the legislation on social elections, was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 22 June 2015. This Law entered into force on the date of publication.
The Unified Employment Status Act aligning the notice periods for blue- and white-collar workers obliges the sectors of industry to enter into a CBA, at the latest on 1 January 2019, reducing the notice period or indemnity in lieu of notice for workers that are entitled to a notice period (or indemnity in lieu) of […]
As a consequence of several strikes in the last few months (notably train strikes), some political parties have suggested to legally define the right to strike and to determine the limits of minimal services in certain sectors, as this is today not legally defined in Belgium.
In execution of the new legislation on salary freeze, two Royal Decrees have been issued, allowing, as of 1 January 2016: an increase of the nominal value of meal vouchers from 7 to 8 euro, free of social security contributions if the usual legal conditions are met; an increase of the annual maximum amount (indexed) […]
In December 2014, the age condition for time-credit at the end of an employee’s career has been modified from 55 to 60 years for the basic regime and from 50 to 55 years for some specific categories of workers (such as workers taking up time-credit in the frame of a restructuring, workers carrying out a […]
On June 4, 2015 a draft bill was presented in Parliament including a number of topics with regard to labour and social security law. This draft bill includes, amongst others, the government’s plan to introduce electronic eco-cheques similar to previously introduced electronic meal vouchers. Indeed, as of October 1, 2015 no paper meal vouchers may […]