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New notice periods during the first 6 months

2019-03-15T17:28:02+00:00

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 (HR Alert)

New notice periods during the first 6 months2019-03-15T17:28:02+00:00

Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules

2016-10-27T12:22:30+00:00

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).

Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules2016-10-27T12:22:30+00:00

EMPLOYING STUDENTS

2016-10-27T12:17:39+00:00

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.

EMPLOYING STUDENTS2016-10-27T12:17:39+00:00

A new low for government inefficiency

2013-03-04T15:06:07+00:00

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

2012-11-01T11:05:34+00:00

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

2012-02-15T10:44:24+00:00

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

2011-11-08T10:55:49+00:00

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

2011-10-28T11:22:56+00:00

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

2011-10-10T13:14:07+00:00

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

2010-11-10T14:47:44+00:00

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