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Start your own Business Seminar : 20 May 2021

2021-06-15T12:08:20+00:00

Start your own business in Belgium - Online Edition Thursday 20 May 2021 Welcome to the 2021 edition of Belgium's premier business start up event. This event is dedicated to helping you set up your business in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through all the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running. Local Knowledge has teamed up with ING, The Bulletin, Group S and LBBH to bring you expert advice on how to start your own business in Belgium. Once again this event is running as an interactive webinar – read on for more details. Registration is free but compulsory. Date: 20 May 2021 Platform – Webinar – Room opens 13h45 14h00 Opening session: Introduction to the format and the speakers 14h10 Keynote - hear from a local entrepreneur 14h40 Each expert introduces their subject - company structures, social security for self-employed, tax matters, banking and finance. 15h00 Parallel break out rooms - you move from session to session to get more information on each of the issues that interest you. We also have a facilitated networking room where you can chat informally to other participants. Post your questions in the chat session [...]

Start your own Business Seminar : 20 May 20212021-06-15T12:08:20+00:00

Working from home – here’s how to stay sane!

2021-04-14T16:22:44+00:00

The Louvain4Work team have produced a new paper on staying sane while working from home. Composed of an interdisciplinary consortium of UCLouvain professors and researchers who study different aspects of work in the context of their research the short guide contains some useful tips on how to cope with this prolonged period of home working. You can read the report here: Tips on Working from Home and find out more about their work here: www.uclouvain.be/louvain4work

Working from home – here’s how to stay sane!2021-04-14T16:22:44+00:00

All temporary unemployment measures rolled forward to 30 June 2021

2021-04-14T11:34:59+00:00

Employers can continue to use the Corona temporary unemployment measures but only if they have used the scheme for at least 20% of regular working hours during April, May and June 2020. If not, they need to use the regular temporary unemployment scheme which requires proof of loss of revenue. These new rules have not yet been published in the Official Journal but they are expected to come in the coming days. Source: SDWorx

All temporary unemployment measures rolled forward to 30 June 20212021-04-14T11:34:59+00:00

Quarantine after your summer holidays?

2020-07-24T07:43:05+00:00

What happens if one of your employees has to quarantine for two weeks when they get back from holiday? If she or he can't work from home then his/her employment contract is considered to be suspended for the duration of the quarantine. You can hire a temp or a student to fill in for the duration of the quarantine period.   Source: Partena Professional

Quarantine after your summer holidays?2020-07-24T07:43:05+00:00

Extension of validity of meal vouchers and eco-vouchers?

2021-02-06T15:41:41+00:00

Due to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19),  the Belgian government took exceptional and temporary measures and closed many shops and all restaurants. This has had a significant impact on employees' ability to spend  meal vouchers, eco-vouchers, and gift vouchers. They have all now been extended by 6 months. This will be processed automatically on an employee's individual card. Source: viabelgium

Extension of validity of meal vouchers and eco-vouchers?2021-02-06T15:41:41+00:00

Special corona parental leave for May/June 2020

2020-05-05T15:09:47+00:00

Employees who have been working for at least one month can reduce their working schedule by 1/5th or ½ for their children under 12, during the period from 1st May to 30th June 2020 included. This coronavirus parental leave won’t be deducted from their regular parental leave entitlement and the ONEM allowance will be 25% higher. The employer should approve the leave first; the employee must submit a request 3 days prior to the beginning of the leave. Find out more: https://www.onem.be/fr/nouveau/conge-parental-corona Source : ONEM

Special corona parental leave for May/June 20202020-05-05T15:09:47+00:00

Start your own Business Seminar 2020

2021-04-14T11:21:40+00:00

Start your own business in Belgium - Online Edition Thursday 14 May 2020 Welcome to 2020 edition of Belgium's premier business start up event. This event is dedicated to helping you set up your business in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through all the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running. Local Knowledge has teamed up with ING, The Bulletin, Group S and LBBH to bring you expert advice on how to start your own business in Belgium. We’re adapting to the times and running the event as an interactive webinar this year – read on for more details. Registration is free but compulsory. Date: 14 May 2020 Platform – Webinar – Room opens 13h30 14h00 Opening session with Anne-Sofie van den Born 14h30 Types of company & freelancer structure in Belgium (Local Knowledge) 15h00 Self-employment & social security (Group S) 15h30 Tax matters (LBBH) 16h00 Banking and finance ING) 16h30 Open session: Ask an expert Key features Our audience is free to come and go as they please so it is not a requirement to attend all sessions – you can zoom in on the sessions that are of interest to you We will [...]

Start your own Business Seminar 20202021-04-14T11:21:40+00:00

Get work permits faster

2020-04-26T11:53:31+00:00

The Belgian authorities have recently taken a series of measures to speed up the work permit application process.   Last year the authorities introduced a single permit (permis unique in French, gecombineerde vergunning in Dutch) which combines the work and residence permits (managed by two different authorities). This was done to speed things up in the long run but in fact the effect was to dramatically increase the processing time. To address the delays the government has introduced two new measures:    First the ‘office des etrangers’ (OE) will received more staff – they suffer from a permanent shortage of staff which is one of the reasons for the lengthy waiting time.     Two, non-EU nationals who are awaiting a work permit renewal can continue to work as usual as long as the regional migration office has approved the renewal – while waiting for the OE’s approval the commune will give the employee a temporary right to reside in Belgium. Third country nationals who change employer can also work under the same arrangements as long as the regional migration service has approved the new employer application.     The national social security office) is in the process of developing [...]

Get work permits faster2020-04-26T11:53:31+00:00

Holding your General Assembly: New COVID-19 rules for companies and non-profits

2020-04-03T15:53:09+00:00

Over the last weekend, the Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens, adopted a special decree to enable companies and associations registered in Belgium to meet their legal obligations with respect to their governance meetings which are generally legally required before 30 June each year. There are three options on the table: 1. Hold the General Assembly  on the date provided for by the statutes "in compliance with the quarantine measures". In other words, your GA  can take place electronically as long as members can exercise their right to vote and ask questions. 2. Postpone the meeting for up to 10 weeks after June 30 (deadline for holding GAs in general). 3. Allow your General Assembly to decide on the agenda points unanimously by written procedure. For more details see here: https://www.koengeens.be/fr/news/2020/03/29/premier-volet-d-arretes-royaux-de-pouvoirs-speciaux-relatifs-a-la-justice  

Holding your General Assembly: New COVID-19 rules for companies and non-profits2020-04-03T15:53:09+00:00

New measures for British citizens working and living in Belgium

2019-03-15T16:28:14+00:00

Belgium has taken new measures to ensure continuity of residence and employment rights of British citizens assuming that the UK may leave the European Union without any agreement on 30 March 2019. The Belgian Ministerial Council approved the draft text on Friday 18 January but it is not yet final. British people already resident in Belgium will be treated as if they continued to be EU citizens until 30 December 2020. No further action required on their part for the time being. This right of residence also enables British people to work in Belgium until 30 December 2020 without needing a work permit. Belgium will continue to apply the European rules relating to social security. This means that British citizens will continue to build up social security rights until 31 December 2020. The fact that the UK and the European Union may or may not reach an agreement will have little impact for British people who live and work in Belgium already. — Source: SD Worx

New measures for British citizens working and living in Belgium2019-03-15T16:28:14+00:00