Every four years the Belgian companies of the private sector hold social elections for the worker representatives in the works council and the health and safety committee. The Act of April 4, 2020 has amended the general Act on social elections of 2007 in order to introduce some novelties for the upcoming elections of 2020
The national social partners have concluded an agreement on some important future measures of employment and social security law. The outcome of the negotiations was highly uncertain as the socialist trade union did not agree with a maximum raise of the wages of 1,1% in the midst of difficult discussions on the raise of the minimum wage
Even in the era of far-reaching international trade agreements and regional economic and political partnerships, the majority of laws and regulations governing the workplace are still determined by the individual countries where employees work.
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In order to diminish the number of company cars and the resulting congestion and exhaust emissions, the Belgian government introduced the cash-for-car system in 2018. On March 1, 2019 a second option entered into force to promote alternative ways of mobility: the mobility budget
Belgium was hit by a national strike on 13 February 2019. The collective actions were caused by the discontent of the trade unions with the national wage bargaining system, which they argue to limit their freedom to negotiate higher wage increases
On 24 December 2018 the Single Permit procedure became applicable. Non-EER citizens who want to stay and work in Belgium and their employers will have to follow this new procedure. The single permit procedure replaces the old double procedure for separate stay permits and work permits
The Act of 26 December 2013 laid down a deadline of 1 January 2019 in the Employment Contracts Act for the sectors to introduce new outplacement measures in collective bargaining agreements. As no sector has undertaken any action in this regard, the National Labour Council is trying to find a solution, as the absence of such provisions are punished by additional contributions for employers and employees in case of dismissal.
Before, schooling clauses were only allowed if the annual wage of the employee reached a certain threshold. Legislation has now been introduced with a possibility to provide a schooling clause in employment contracts for lower paid bottleneck jobs.
Employers who are looking to hire foreign (non-EEA) workers, will soon be able to apply for a single permit instead of two (residence and work permit in one). However, finding the correct legal sources might become difficult thanks to the transfer of competences to the Regions.
The Act of 18 July 2018 has introduced an annual threshold of 6130 euro, for additional income derived from work for associations, occasional services by private persons for private persons, and the on demand economy. Under this threshold, no income taxes or social security contributions are required