Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Belgium as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Belgium: Indexed CO2 levy payment

A new indexed CO2 levy payment will be applicable for eligible company vehicles next year …

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Belgium: Corona parental leave

Right to be absent without pay from work to care for a minor child who is denied school (or daycare) due to a COVID-19 closure order …

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Belgium: Flemish annual bonus

The Flemish government will be introducing its promised annual bonus next year …

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Belgium: Brussels court rules couriers not employees

The Brussels Labour Court has found that platform-based Deliveroo couriers are self-employed …

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Belgium: New special tax regime for expatriates proposed

The government is introducing a new tax free allowance system for higher-paid expatriates and well qualified researchers …

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Belgium: Committee reaches agreement on employment conditions

Agreement has been reached by the country’s largest joint industry committee – JC200 …

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Belgium: Government reimposes telework mandates to fight covid-19 surge

In order to deal with the latest sudden upsurge in COVID-19, the government has imposed new home-working requirements …

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Belgium: Supreme Court rules that GDPR fine may imposed even where a data subject’s personal data were not processed

Systems that rely on direct inputs of data from individual’s identity cards violate Article 6 of the GDPR …

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Belgium: European Commission questions independence of Belgium’s Data Protection Authority

The independence of the Data Protection Authority (DPA) is being investigated by the European Commission …

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Belgium: Employees to get paid leave for taking child to vaccination appointment

Parents may now take paid leave during working hours to accompany their young children having a COVID-19 vaccination …

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Belgium: Government discusses moving to 4-day week

The Federal government has been debating recently the introduction of a 4-day week …

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Belgium: Regional authorities set 2022 salary criteria

Next year’s minimum salary thresholds have been announced for non-EEA/Swiss employees not requiring a labour market investigation before a work permit is issued …

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Belgium: Special tax treatment of expatriates

A change has been announced concerning the special tax treatment of expatriates …

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Belgium: Changes to employees’ pension entitlements

During the next year, employees are likely to see significant changes to their pension entitlements …

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Belgium: Council of State considers encryption a sufficient measure for US data transfers

The Council of State has concluded that the use of US-based cloud services does not, in itself, infringe the GDPR and that encryption is a valid supplementary measure to protect transatlantic data transfers …

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