Recent news

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

Belgium: Paper meal vouchers to be scrapped

From January 1st 2016, paper meal vouchers will be abolished in Belgium and replaced with electronic vouchers …

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Belgium/Turkey: New bilateral social security agreement

Belgium and Turkey have entered into a new social security agreement covering healthcare and pensions …

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Belgium: Inter-sectoral collective bargaining agreement on the reasons for dismissals

Following its adoption in February 2014, inter-sectoral collective bargaining agreement (CBA No …

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Belgium: Collective dismissal stats published

Belgium’s Ministry of Employment has published statistics regarding collective dismissals for the period January to December 2013 …

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Belgium: Harmonisation of laws concerning workers and employees

On January 1st 2014 the law on the harmonisation of workers and employees came into force in Belgium …

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Belgium: Payroll freeze continues for further year

Companies continue to be concerned about the ongoing payroll freeze in Belgium …

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Belgium: Measures to support youth employment

A draft Royal Decree on the support of youth employment has been approved by the Council of Ministers in Belgium …

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Belgium: Wage thresholds for legality of employment terms published

The Belgian government has published the minimum annual remuneration levels that will apply under the Act of July 3rd 1978 on employment contracts from January 1st 2014 …

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Belgium: Fall in workplace accidents

The Belgian Workers’ Compensation Fund (Fonds des Accidents du Travail) has recorded a decrease in workplace accidents in Belgium …

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Belgium: Worker-employee equality nearing reality

The Belgian Council of Ministers has approved the Bill on “the introduction of a single status for workers and employees” which aims at abolishing the difference in treatment between white-collar employees and blue-collar workers …

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Belgium: Strict rules for sick days

A law requiring employees who are off work due to illness to remain at home for a daily medical check-up has been approved by the Council of Ministers in Belgium …

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Belgium: Social security exemptions abolished

A Royal Decree adopted in Belgium on September 24th has increased labour costs for employers by removing social security exemptions attached to the termination of employment contracts in certain circumstances …

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Belgium: Language restriction removed

The Flemish government is amending its Decree on the Use of Languages (‘the Decree’) to bring it into line with EU law …

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Belgium: Future of meal vouchers uncertain

The use of meal vouchers (chèques-repas) as a method of remuneration in Belgium could cease as from next year if a vote in October passes the proposed law …

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