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. […]
One of Belgium's payroll agencies, Partena, has published a useful tool that allows you to see how much your company car is going to cost you in 2012 under new tax rules which came into force on 1st January 2012. The new rules calculate the taxable value of your car based on four criteria: CO2 emissions, the catalogue value of the car, the type of fuel used and the distance between your home and office. Partena's tool also allows you to compare the cost in 2011 with the new cost in 2012. It is available here http://partenahr.be/s_car_atn.aspx?&Langtype=2060
The new Belgian Government has announced that the existing transitional measures in place requiring Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to apply for work permits in Belgium prior to taking up employment, have been extended to 31 December 2013.
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
On Sunday 18 September 2011, the whole territory of the Brussels Capital Region (19 Brussels municipalities, among which the City of Brussels) is forbidden to car traffic, from 9 am till 7 pm. […]
Belgian decision makers have struggled for years against the large number of so-called ‘independents’ who, in reality, although freelance in name, work for just one client. The question has always been whether contracts between them and their client should be requalified as employment contracts. […]