Recent news

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

Belgium: Employer social security rate has fallen

The employer social security rate has fallen from 32% to 25% of total remuneration – although the pension contribution has doubled to 3% …

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Belgium: Immigration salary thresholds increased

The immigration office has increased several key entry thresholds from the 1st of January, 2018 …

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Belgium: Bereavement Information Pack

A useful information Pack has been produced for foreign nationals suffering bereavement in Belgium …

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Belgium: Legal protection for reporting money laundering infringements

Those reporting money laundering infringements to the Belgian Financial Intelligence Processing Unit are now entitled to legal protection against victimization and dismissal …

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Belgium: Night work

Belgium has long applied a general prohibition on night work in retailing and commerce …

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Belgium: International business court

An International Business Court is in the course of being founded, becoming the first English speaking court in the country facilitating International Trade conflicts …

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Belgium: Deductibility of company car costs

A new formula for deductibility of company car costs will take effect in 2020 …

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Belgium: Corporate social responsibility

Belgium has now adopted a law implementing the EU framework Directive requiring large undertakings to disclose certain non-financial and diversity information …

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Belgium: Protection for whistleblowers

An amendment to the 2002 Act on the supervision of the financial sector and financial services entered into force on the 21st of August …

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Belgium: The basic employer social security rate

The basic employer social security rate is due to fall from 30% to 25% on January 1st 2018 …

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Belgium: Average earnings

Over the year to the first quarter of 2017, average earnings in industry (excluding construction increased by 1 …

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Belgium: Interprofessional Agreement system

The Belgian federal government continues to struggle with a proposed reform of the current Interprofessional Agreement system …

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Belgium: Low employment rate for immigrants

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has just completed a review of the Belgian economy and has recommended that the government resolve low employment rates amongst immigrants as “only about half of non-EU immigrants aged 25–55 are employed, compared to over 80 percent for Belgian-born residents” …

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Belgium: Sweeping legal reforms in prospect

A wide range of employment reforms are currently being debated by the Belgian parliament …

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Belgium: Introduction of new immigrant integration measure approved

The Belgian government has approved a draft integration law which would require those coming to live in Belgium for more than three months from outside the EU to swear a ‘newcomers statement’ …

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