Recent news

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

Belgium: Government ups flu vaccine order

The Belgian Health Ministry has ordered an additional 900,000 doses of flu vaccine for this Autumn’s immunization programme …

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Belgium: Carbon dioxide monitors

Some workplaces, and all restaurants and public amenities, have had to be fitted with carbon dioxide monitors …

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Belgium: Lockdown relaxed

The obligation for all employees to work on a remote basis unless their workplace presence is essential has now been removed …

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Belgium: Calculating severance payment

A frequent area of concern for employers has been how variable pay should be treated for senior executives when severance pay is calculated …

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Belgium: Tax incentives proposed for lower emission company cars

A new approach to the “greening” of company car fleets has been reached by politicians at a national level …

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Belgium: Collective agreement on telework

Under the national collective agreement on telework (CA N …

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Belgium: FGTB and Dutch union FNV demand an increase in the minimum wage

On Labour Day this month, the General Labour Federation of Belgium (French: Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique, or FGTB) and Dutch FNV unions led a joint, and very vocal, protest in Brussels calling for a European Union gross minimum wage of €14 (US$17) an hour …

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Belgium: 2021-22 interprofessional collective agreement

In a country called by the Economist Intelligence Unit, in this year’s democracy index, a “flawed democracy” almost anything could happen …

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Belgium: Part-time work still a women’s business despite a strong increase among men

According to the Belgian statistical office Statbel, the proportion of women aged of 15 and 64 in employment grew from 36% in 1983 to 61% in 2020 …

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Belgium: Government to start easing lockdown from 8th May 2021

With effect from 8th May 2021, a new “Outdoor Plan” will come into effect …

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Belgium: Paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Employees are now entitled to take short periods off work to be vaccinated against COVID-19 …

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Belgium: Rules that excluding executives from union delegation is discriminatory

A new form of discrimination has emerged in recent weeks – that between “baremized” and “non-baremized” workers …

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Belgium: Tax-free allowances for teleworking during the Pandemic

A tax department circular has been issued setting out the tax-free allowances for teleworking during the Pandemic …

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Belgium: Birth leave extended to 15 days in 2021 and 20 days in 2023

Birth leave (formerly called ‘paternity leave’) has been extended to a total of 15 days …

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Belgium: Solvay’s extended maternity, paternity & co-parent policy goes into effect

The Belgian chemical company Solvay increased its maternity leave last month to 16 weeks …

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