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 [...]
We've been talking about it for a while and it should soon be a reality – paternity leave for the self-employed. The new law makes provision for self-employed fathers to enjoy a paid paternity leave of 10 days along with a €79 allowance per day. And in case one the father can’t take it, he can take titres-services/dienst-cheques instead. Read the full article by l'Echo (only available in FR). — Source: L'Echo
The Brexit deadline, set for 29th March 2019, will soon be upon us. Meanwhile there is still no deal. Regardless of the deal-no-deal situation the good news is that Brexit won't affect taxation of professional incomes. This is because these rules are governed by a bilateral tax treaty and not by EU rules. To get a more concrete picture of the potential consequences of a hard Brexit, you can read the full article written by SD Worx (only available in FR). They provide two exemples of the possible differences between the present situation and the one after Brexit. In the [...]
On 4 May 2018 new notice periods came into effect for contracts signed from 1 May onwards. The effect of the new rules is to reduce the notice period that employers must give employees during the first 6 months of occupation. In the first three months the employer will now have to give just 1 weeks notice rising to 3 weeks notice after three months, 4 weeks notice after four months, 5 weeks notice between 5 months and 6 months. Links: Only available in FR – Annexe au règlement de travail relative aux délais de préavis (Partena Professional) Source: http://www.hralert.be/fr/news/modele-de-nouvelle-annexe-au-reglement-de-travail [...]
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).
From 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.
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.
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. […]
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. […]