Calculate how much your company car will cost you in 2012

Posted January 5th, 2012 in Expenses, News, Useful stuff by Louise

One of Belgium’s payroll agencies, Partena, has published a useful tool that allows you to see how much your company car is going to cost you in 2012 under new tax rules which came into force on 1st January 2012. The new rules calculate the taxable value of your car based on four criteria: CO2 emissions, the catalogue value of the car, the type of fuel used and the distance between your home and office.

Partena’s tool also allows you to compare the cost in 2011 with the new cost in 2012.  It is available here

Bulgarians and Romanians need work permits until 2014

Posted December 22nd, 2011 in News by Louise

The new Belgian Government has announced that the existing transitional measures in place requiring Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to apply for work permits in Belgium prior to taking up employment, have been extended to 31 December 2013.

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

EU Blue Card to work in European UnionEU Blue Card – entry into force in Belgium

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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599 bankruptcies in July 2011

Posted September 14th, 2011 in News by Monia

In July 2011, 599 businesses in Belgium went bankrupt, a rise of 0.8% compared to July 2010.

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Car free on Sunday 18th September

Posted September 9th, 2011 in News by Monia

On Sunday 18 September 2011, the whole territory of the Brussels Capital Region (19 Brussels municipalities, among which the City of Brussels) is forbidden to car traffic, from 9 am till 7 pm. Continue Reading »

Massive increase in false freelancers on the cards

Posted January 20th, 2011 in News by Louise

Belgian decision makers have struggled for years against the large number of so-called ‘independents’ who, in reality, although freelance in name, work for just one client. The question has always been whether contracts between them and their client should be requalified as employment contracts.

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Come to the launch of the 2nd edition of the Local Knowledge Guide

Posted January 9th, 2011 in News by Louise

The indispensable Local Knowledge Guide to setting up and running a business in Belgium will be officially launched by the authors on Tuesday February 1st. See here for more details:

Starters seminar

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Events, News, Useful stuff by Louise

Our regular sell out event will be running during the Autumn.

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