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A new low for government inefficiency


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.

A new low for government inefficiency2013-03-04T15:06:07+00:00

Belgian Government moves to limit self-employed status


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. […]

Belgian Government moves to limit self-employed status2012-11-01T11:05:34+00:00

Bonus schemes in Belgium


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. […]

Bonus schemes in Belgium2012-02-15T10:44:24+00:00

Establish your bank holidays for 2012 now


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. […]

Establish your bank holidays for 2012 now2011-11-08T10:55:49+00:00

Adaptation of notice periods for employees


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. […]

Adaptation of notice periods for employees2011-10-28T11:22:56+00:00

EU Blue Card – now in Belgium


EU 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. […]

EU Blue Card – now in Belgium2011-10-10T13:14:07+00:00

VAT registration


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. […]

VAT registration2010-11-10T14:47:44+00:00

Tax rates in Belgium


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%. […]

Tax rates in Belgium2010-11-10T14:35:51+00:00

How to prepare for an interview


Interview top tips for candidates Although most of our services are targeted at employers rather than employees our long years of experience has prompted us to publish the following tips for prospective employees to consider prior to attending a job interview. These apply whatever your level. […]

How to prepare for an interview2010-08-18T17:33:46+00:00

Working in bxl


If you are thinking of employing staff, contact us first to find out how to save money.

Working in bxl2010-08-18T17:17:17+00:00