Adaptation of legislation in Brussels and Wallonia for single work permits for highly qualified and director level employees


Legislation on work permits is a shared competence of the different regions and the Federal level. In other words, each region can imprint its own accent on a national level template. Flanders has already done so at the beginning of the year. Brussels and Wallonia now follow suit. Under the adapted rules The maximum duration of a work permit is 3 years for all regions The Brussels and Walloon regions ask the employer to submit the following documents each year: a copy of the payslips of the past year; a copy of their individual account (generated by the payroll processor); [...]

Adaptation of legislation in Brussels and Wallonia for single work permits for highly qualified and director level employees2019-09-15T21:20:06+00:00

Increase of 1.1% for private sector employees as of September


A salary agreement has been signed for the 55,000 employers and the 450,000 or so employees of Joint Committee No. 200. Their purchasing power will increase by 1.1% on 1 September 2019. This increase can be converted (in whole or in part) into an equivalent benefit. As of July 1, 2020, granting the bicycle allowance, already used by many employers for those employees who cycle to work, will be mandatory for all employers in this joint committee. Source: La Libre

Increase of 1.1% for private sector employees as of September2019-09-15T21:20:27+00:00

First GDPR fine in Belgium


A local Belgian mayor was fined €2000 for having used e-mail addresses obtained for the exercise of his office for electoral campaign purposes. This is the first financial penalty imposed in Belgium for non-compliance with the European General Regulations on Data Protection (GDPR), better known by the abbreviation GDPR. The Data Protection Authority (ODA), the former Commission for the Protection of Privacy, sees this "moderate" fine as a message to all those responsible for processing. Find out more: Source : Autorité de protection des données 29 mai 2019

First GDPR fine in Belgium2019-09-15T21:20:50+00:00

The ONSS is inflexible in case of late DIMONA for student


Not introducing a "student" Dimona statement on time, will cost you. Late hours of work are not earmarked for the 475-hour student quota. Ordinary ONSS contributions are deducted from the remuneration granted for these hours. The Dimona declaration must be submitted no later than the first day of the relevant work period. Source: Paterna professional

The ONSS is inflexible in case of late DIMONA for student2019-07-09T02:09:37+00:00

Unique training for Brussels based NGO leaders


Bringing the whole team with you  INTRODUCTION With hundreds of international NGOs and Association Secretariats, Brussels is the most INGO crowded city in Europe. Collaborative groups across NGOs regularly share knowledge, skills and competencies to increase their impact and be more effective while reaching their organisational goals. But how often to NGO leaders come together for training and peer learning? Although fora exist where challenges can be aired and advice sought there are no formal learning spaces. This session is designed to address this gap. We have created this first-ever formal opportunity for you to learn, collaborate and support each [...]

Unique training for Brussels based NGO leaders2019-06-15T05:13:07+00:00

Do you use your own car for work?


The amount you can claim per kilometre is currently 0.3363€. As long as you stick to this amount, no tax or social security is due on the payment although you need to keep a record of where you went and when. This amount applies until June 30 2017.

Do you use your own car for work?2016-10-27T12:38:05+00:00

Paid education leave


All employees in Belgium are entitled to paid education leave. Each region has now identified a list of sectors and jobs where a labour shortage exists. If an employee follows a course linked to one of these jobs where there is a labour shortage they are now entitled to 180 hours per year of paid education leave. (The previous limit was 100/120 hours per year). The list for the Brussels region is here; ; for Flanders here: ; for Wallonia here:

Paid education leave2016-10-27T12:35:11+00:00

New tax for lazy people (we’re talking bikes here)


Since 1 October 2016 fast electric bikes (top speed 45 km/h), have been allocated a new legal status – they are now considered as mopeds (bike with an engine) rather than bicycles. The major consequence of this change is the end of the total tax exemption for the employer on the bike allowance. Electric bikes can still open the right to an allowance of 0.22 EUR per kilometer but this amount is only tax exempt up until 31.70 EUR per month. There is no ONSS (social charges) to be paid on the allowance. Electric bikes with a top speed of 25km/h [...]

New tax for lazy people (we’re talking bikes here)2016-10-27T12:31:33+00:00

Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules


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



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