Recent news

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

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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Belgium: No more paper lunch vouchers

The total replacement of paper meal vouchers by the electronic lunch pass has finally been achieved in Belgium and the maximum contribution by employers increased to 6 …

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Belgium: Decision on minimum return on workplace pensions

Employers’ organisations and trade unions in Belgium have come to an agreement over a new guaranteed minimum return on workplace pensions …

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Belgium: Increase in legal pension age

A law has been passed in Belgium that will increase the legal pension age from the current 65 years to 66 years in 2025 and 67 years in 2030 …

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Belgium: Electronic eco-cheques from 2016

A law has been approved in Belgium that will allow eco-cheques to be issued in electronic form …

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Belgium: New obligations concerning nanomaterials

A new statutory obligation to place nanomaterials on a national register and inform the company Committees for Protection and Prevention at Work (CPPT-CPPW) will take effect in Belgium on January 1st 2016 …

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Belgium: Use of eco-cheques extended

Employer associations and trade unions in Belgium have agreed to extend the list of products and services that may be obtained using eco-cheques …

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Belgium: Controversy over A1 forms

The European Commission has referred Belgium to the European Court of Justice for not accepting mobile workers’ A1 forms …

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Belgium: New provisions on parental leave

In Belgium the cross-industry collective bargaining agreement No …

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Belgium: Minimum wage increases in Europe

January 1st 2015 saw the national minimum wage rate increase in many countries in Europe …

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Belgium: Collective redundancies in 2014

Between January and December 2014, 111 companies in Belgium announced an intention to collectively dismiss employees …

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Belgium: Early retirement age raised

On January 1st 2015, the age for early retirement in Belgium was increased from 60 to 62 …

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