Recent news

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

Belgium: Option to work a 4-day week

Employers should now be prepared for written requests from individual employees to work their weekly hours over four days without loss of salary …

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Belgium: Indexed pay increase due in January 2022

The statutory indexation of wages is set to increase the pay of one million workers – with a New Year effective date – by around 11 …

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Belgium: New labour deal

The government has pushed through its compendium of changes, many of which are not truly new for employers …

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Belgium: Successive daily temporary agency contracts

The recent evaluation of such contracts by the National Labour Council (NLC) found that the use of this resourcing method had declined over the last two years …

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Belgium: Sharp rise in penalties for non-compliance with new job posting law

Employers are reminded that this Summer not only did the law change concerning the posting across borders of road transport drivers, but it also strengthened with regard to the need for all employees posted to Belgium to have a nominated ‘verbindingspersoon’/ ‘personne de liaison’ in place within the country …

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Belgium: Parliament adopts the ‘return to work’ bill

Return to Work Bill to assist employees following their long-term sick leave …

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Belgium: Forecast suggests possible improvement in 2023

The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) predicted at the end of June that the oil price will reduce from US$109 to US$95/barrel next year and the euro exchange rate strengthen slightly to US$1 …

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Belgium: Kilometric allowance increases as of 1 July 2022

The non-taxable mileage allowance that Belgian employees may claim for business trips has been increased, from €0 …

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Belgium: Flanders to boost employment rate with bonus for those earning less than €2,500

The Flemish Government will be paying out a so-called “work bonus” at the end of 2022 to make working more attractive than being on unemployed benefits …

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Belgium: Major changes are being made to open up the labour market to non-EEA citizens

Currently, in spite of labour shortages, the employment rate for people aged 20-64 who were born outside Belgium is just 54%, compared to 72% for Belgian citizens …

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Belgium: Business confidence weakens in June 2022

Business confidence fell by 3 …

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Belgium: Measures against discrimination in the labour market

Labour Inspectors’ powers have been extended to permit them to undertake “mystery calls” to test for discriminatory treatment …

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Belgium: The great malingering

The government is struggling with its own version of the post-pandemic “great resignation” – the great malingering …

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Belgium: Producer prices (March 2022)

Producer prices rose over the year to March 2022 by a record high of 39 …

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Belgium: Employers brace for mandatory wage hikes

Inflation inducing wage indexation set to trigger differently between sectors …

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