Recent news

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

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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Belgium: Home working accounts for two out of five employees (June 2021)

Home working remained very common in June 2021, with 41 …

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Belgium: Statutory bereavement leave extended to ten days

Statutory “bereavement leave” has now been extended from three to ten days …

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Belgium: Constitutional Court prohibits the infinite use of successive short-term and replacement contracts

The use of alternating temporary and replacement contracts for longer than two years has been found by the Constitutional Court to be unlawful …

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