Recent news

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

Belgium: New collective bargaining agreement on telework during COVID-19 pandemic

A new ad hoc framework agreement on telework has been drawn up by the National Labour Council through Collective Bargaining Agreement 149 …

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Belgium: New Belgian law to facilitate holding of general meetings

A temporary amendment of the Companies and Associations Code has been introduced to allow companies that do not already have a facility to hold shareholder meetings by electronic meetings to do so – even when not absolutely necessary …

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Belgium: All British citizens in Belgium must apply for new ‘M Card’ in 2021

British residents already resident in Belgium will need to exchange their old residence permit for an “M Card” by the end of 2021 …

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Belgium: Brussels authorities set new 2021 minimum salary criteria

With effect from 1st January 2020, minimum salary levels under the for EU Blue Card application system will change for Brussels …

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Belgium: Worker certificates

A new restrictive period under the health emergency is underway and will last until at least 13th December 2020 …

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Belgium: Intracompany Transferee Permit

At long last, it will be possible (lockdown permitting) from 1st October 2020 for managers and specialists with at least a University degree and trainees with a Master’s degree to apply for an EU Intracompany Transferee Permit to allow them to live and work in Belgium for between 90 days and three years …

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Belgium: Legal aid income thresholds

Legal aid income thresholds were changed on September 1st 2020 …

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Belgium: Public health passenger locator form

All persons travelling to, or transiting through, Belgium with a stay of more than 48 hours must complete and submit a Passenger Locator Form within the 48 hours before their arrival in the country …

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Belgium: New compulsory face mask rules

It is now compulsory for all those aged 12+ to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth …

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Belgium: Secret commissions taxation: a circular letter explains how the escape route must be applied

The dreaded application of “Secret Commissions Tax” (SCT) has not been made much easier for employees following a recent tax authority (FPSF) circular …

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Belgium: Social security exemption possible

Although most workplaces have been allowed to reopen, a number of restrictions remain and employers continue to be encouraged by the government to arrange teleworking, wherever possible …

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Belgium: Employee medical certificate

The National Labour Council (SNT) and “Group of Ten” policy advisers in Belgium have mutually drawn up a new employee medical certificate …

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Belgium: Social elections 2020 postponed

The National Labour Council has concluded that the timetable for social elections should be postponed …

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Belgium: Vouchers should be extended for six months

The National Labour Council has agreed that, due to closure of many facilities during the crisis, existing social, eco, gift and sports/cultural vouchers should be extended for six months, or until December 31st 2020 (as appropriate) to allow employees receiving them to still spend them when circumstances allow …

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Belgium: Cross-border commuters working in crucial sectors can get vignette to pass Belgian border with priority

Workers who live in Belgium and work in the Netherlands must possess a letter (in Dutch) confirming they are a vital worker in a crucial sector …

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