Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules

Posted October 27th, 2016 in Belgian Law, News by Louise
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Overwhelmed by work?

The burn out epidemic continues and the Ministry of Employment is starting to organize regular inspections to ensure employers comply with legislation regarding burn out prevention (Since September 2014 every employer must develop a set of measures to prevent burn out and other psychosocial risks at work by doing a psychosocial risks analysis, creating processes for employees to submit requests for intervention, selecting a prevention advisor and informing and training all the required staff on the issue). Check your work regulations to make sure they are up to date. (required since March 2015).

EMPLOYING STUDENTS

Posted October 27th, 2016 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

StudentsFrom 1 January 2017, students can work up to 475 hours per year (up from 50 days per year regardless of the number of hours per day worked). The effect will be to enable students to work for more hours whilst remaining within the limits for reduced social contributions (which are paid by the employer). A new online system will come into operation at the same time enabling students to check easily from their mobile phones how many hours they have left.

A new low for government inefficiency

Posted March 4th, 2013 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

Or is it a new high (est) ever level?

We  received a letter the other day from a Ministry in Wallonia informing us that our letter had been received but according to some Administrative Decision they could only respond to registered post. We were therefore kindly requested to re-send our letter, this time by registered post so that they could reply to it. You couldn’t make it up! Share your stories on our blog.

Belgian Government moves to limit self-employed status

Posted November 1st, 2012 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

Several years after introducing framework legislation on what qualifies as employee status and what qualifies as self-employed status the Belgian government has defined nine specific criteria to determine an individual’s working status.

From 1st January the criteria will apply to manual workers only (cleaners, construction workers, security guards and transport workers) although the government may well extend the sectors covered by the legislation subsequently.

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Bonus schemes in Belgium

Posted February 15th, 2012 in Belgian Law, Useful stuff by Louise

If you are planning to set up a bonus scheme for your employees that relates to 2012 organisational objectives, you need to file your plan before 30 April 2012. Continue Reading »

Establish your bank holidays for 2012 now

Posted November 8th, 2011 in Belgian Law, News, Useful stuff by Louise

As those of you who are employers in Belgium know, you must establish replacement days for any bank holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday in 2012 before 15th December 2011. Continue Reading »

Adaptation of notice periods for employees

Posted October 28th, 2011 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

The Claeys formula, named after the Belgian employment lawyer who devised it, is often used in Belgium to determine the length of notice for employees earning a salary above €30,535 gross (amount in 2011) per year. It has recently been adapted and we outline the main changes below. Continue Reading »

EU Blue Card – now in Belgium

Posted October 10th, 2011 in Belgian Law, News by Louise

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The Belgian Government is completing the final steps in the transposition of EU legislation that would allow highly skilled non EU nationals to live and work more easily in Belgium as part of a common EU effort to attract highly skilled migrants.
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VAT registration

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Belgian Law by Louise

Anyone earning income in Belgium as a freelance and all businesses need to register for VAT in Belgium. You must receive confirmation of your VAT registration before you can issue an invoice.  However if you earn less than EURO 5580 then you do not need to make VAT declarations nor do you charge VAT and nor can you recover it.

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Tax rates in Belgium

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Belgian Law by Louise

The standard corporate tax rate is 33.99% which compares favourably when you consider that a freelancer is taxed at up to 50% of his or her total income. For SMEs with an annual profit of less than €322,500 the rate can drop to as low as 24.98%.

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