Under Belgian labour law, the 5-year statute of limitation applies to the non-payment of wages. As such, non-payment can be qualified as a criminal offence. According to the Brussels Labour Court of Appeal, the repetitive non-payment of wages constituted a so-called continued criminal offence, meaning that the statute of limitation only commences as of the last non-payment, allowing the employee to claim arrears back in time without limitation. The Supreme Court has now rejected this ruling. It decided that each non-payment constitutes a separate criminal offence. This implicates that the starting point of the statute of limitation must be determined for each non-payment separately so that no arrears can be claimed for more than 5 years back in time.