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2404, 2019

Unique training for Brussels based NGO leaders

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: Events, News, NGOs|

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 [...]

1503, 2019

Employers may pay too many social contributions

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Expenses, Human resources|

Around 4% of workers are entitled to an ONSS reduction that is not applied. The average amount to be recovered through this reduction is of €2200. Hopefully it is still time to get your old ONSS reductions back! Acerta explains all about how employers can beneficiate from a full range of subventions for their employees in its article "Récupérer les réductions ONSS du passé ? Il n’est pas trop tard !" [...]

2501, 2019

New measures for British citizens working and living in Belgium

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Belgian Law, Brexit|

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 [...]

1512, 2018

Paternity leave for the self-employed

By |December 15th, 2018|Categories: Belgian Law, Self-employed|

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). [...]

1210, 2018

BREXIT: The deadline approaches

By |October 12th, 2018|Categories: Belgian Law, Brexit|

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 [...]

510, 2018

More than half of Belgian workers are overweight

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Health & Safety, Human resources|

A study conducted by the IDEWE Group, specialised in work accident prevention and protection, shows staggering figures regarding Belgian workers' weight. Based on the analysis of the medical data of over 200 000 workers, the survey reveals that over half of the Belgian workers are overweight (54,6%) and 1 in 5 workers (18,8%) are obese – the trend is rising. The difference between sectors is also striking: the transportation [...]

106, 2018

Have you paid too much in employer social contributions?

By |June 1st, 2018|Categories: Associations, Businesses, Expenses, Human resources, NGOs|

According to Acerta, around 4% of employees are entitled to an ONSS reduction that is not applied. The average amount that could be recovered through this reduction is €2200. Hopefully you still have time to get your old ONSS reductions back! Acerta explains all about how employers can benefit from a range of subsidies for their employees. Read the article (Only available in FR). — Source: Acerta [...]

2705, 2018

WLTP: What to know about the new car consumption test

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Associations, Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

The WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) is a new compulsory test procedure for cars, which will lead to an overall increase in a car’s carbon emission value. This will have a knock on effect on the circulation tax, the calculation of the benefit in kind, the deductibility of cars expenses from corporate income tax and the carbon solidarity contribution. Read more about the WLTP (Only available in [...]

2605, 2018

New per diem conditions

By |May 26th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Expenses, Human resources, NGOs|

Since 1st September 2017, the per diem amounts and conditions for federal employees have significantly changed. This matters as many employers in the private and non-profit sector use these amounts for their own employees. It was confirmed recently that the new amounts and conditions also apply. Read more here (Only available in FR). — Source: SD Workx

2505, 2018

SEMINAR: Start your own business #2018

By |May 25th, 2018|Categories: Events, Legal Incorporation, Self-employed|

Thanks to all who came and contributed to making our annual seminar on how to set up a business in Belgium such an amazing event. Over 70 participants came together to pick up some practical tips and to hear from other entrepreneurs’ experiences. Looking forward to keeping in touch and hearing how you are all getting on! Subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about our next events! Thanks [...]

2305, 2018

JOB VACANCY: Could you be our next Client Coordinator?

By |May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Jobs|

JOB OBJECTIVE The Client Coordinator provides end to end operational support & advice to our clients managing all their administrative issues across HR, finance and general office support Tasks vary from client to client but can include, payroll filing,  maintenance of current Work Regulations, reviewing candidates in the context of recruitment processes, maintaining records of income and expenditure and preparing documents for filing in the Belgian Official Journal. Prior [...]

1605, 2018

“Cash for car” allowance now available

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

The law introducing the mobility (or cash for car) allowance came into force in May 2018. Employees with a company car that they can also use for private use can now give it back and get paid more instead without this income being treated by the tax and social security authorities as regular salary. The mobility allowance is calculated on the basis of the returned vehicle's catalogue value and [...]

1105, 2018

New notice periods during the first 6 months

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Belgian Law, Businesses, NGOs|

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 [...]

1105, 2018

Not so much flexibility at work after all

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

Four employees in ten are too scared to ask for a flexible work pattern, fearing that if they do, they be passed over for promotion at another point in their career. The study by Mercer makes the claim on the basis of interviews with 7600 managers. Links: Only available in FR – Flexibilité au travail : 4 employés sur 10 inquiets pour leur promotion (communiqué de presse de Mercer) [...]

1105, 2018

1 in 4 contracts ends in separation within 12 months

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

Despite the time and effort that goes into recruiting and inducting new staff members, a quarter of newly hired permanent employees leave within a year, usually at the request of the new staff member, according to an analysis of 44,000 contracts conducted by Acerta. The problem is often due to poor integration of the new employee into their team Links: Only available in FR – Un quart des CDI [...]

1105, 2018

Personal use of company mobile phone not automatically taxed as a benefit in kind

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Expenses, Human resources, NGOs|

The finance minister recently made waves by stating that no benefit in kind need be applied for a mobile phone provided to employees as long as the latter pay the costs related to personal use. These costs could be established with a system of split billing or by setting a realistic amount. Links: Only available in FR – Outils IT : les nouveaux forfaits confirmés au niveau social…mais incertitude [...]

1105, 2018

Be precise on the reasons for contract termination

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

When you dismiss an employee, he or she has the right to know the exact reasons. To avoid future discussion or even a court case, it is best to specify the precise reasons for the dismissal on the C4. Obligation to justify the dismissal – A clear C4 may be sufficient Since 1st April 2014, a dismissed employee has the right to know the concrete reasons which led to [...]

1105, 2018

No light at the end of the tunnel yet for the Flemish labour market

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Businesses, Human resources, NGOs|

The labour shortage in the Flemish market could last another decade according to Steunpunt Werk (KU Leuven). Some 800.000 employees aged 50 plus are getting closer to retirement, but their replacement is far from guaranteed. This is partly because young people start working later, and partly because the employment rate has already reached 85% for some intermediate categories of employment –only Sweden has a higher rate of employment. Links: [...]

1105, 2018

Reduction in social security contribution rates

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Expenses, Self-employed|

Among the many measures proposed by Belgium’s ‘taxshift’ measures, is the gradual decrease in social security contributions paid by self-employed. of the independent workers gradually decreases. This year the final phase has come into effect with a new, lower rate of 20.5% on professional income. This rate applies to all self-employed people. 2018 social security contributions The table gives an overview of the basic social security contributions per quarter [...]

1105, 2018

Better protection for self-employed who are unable to work due to illness or accident

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Self-employed|

From 1 January 2018, the self-employed who are unable to work due to illness or an accident will get support from their mutuelle (social security fund) sooner. The ‘waiting period’ (non-compensable period) has decreased from 1 month to 14 days. This means that from your 15th day of incapacity you will be supported by the mutuelle. As a result you should inform your mutuelle of illness within 14 calendar days [...]

1105, 2018

New reduction thresholds for provisional ONSS contributions starting in 2018

By |May 11th, 2018|Categories: Expenses, Self-employed|

In the past, self-employed workers who wanted to reduce their contributions after experiencing a drop in income were often unable to do so. To try to make it easier for people to take account of fluctuations in their income, the Government has introduced 4 new reduction thresholds (to add to the 2 existing thresholds) so that more people can adjust their contributions to match their actual income. The new [...]

3003, 2018

Possibility to increase the value of gifts from employers to employees

By |March 30th, 2018|Categories: Events|

In principle, gifts correspond to salary An employer can give a gift in kind – in money or as voucher – to employees. These gifts correspond in principle to salary and are subject to social security contributions. However, they are exempt from these contributions under certain conditions. Exemptions The main condition is the maximum amount per gift. See the new amounts in the table below. Read the full article (only [...]

1202, 2017

Come and work for Local Knowledge!

By |February 12th, 2017|Categories: Jobs|

We have a vacancy for a part time HR coordinator (maternity cover) from 1 April - 15 July 2017 with the possibility of extension. Precise hours/days are negotiable. As our HR coordinator you will file payroll for clients, keep our clients' work regulations up to date, advise clients on HR questions and undertake a range of administrative and organisational tasks. You should be known for your organisational capacity, your attention [...]

1011, 2016

Have you overestimated your state pension in Belgium?

By |November 10th, 2016|Categories: Expenses|

According to a study by Securex, most self employed people in Belgium overestimate the amount that they think they will get when they retire by 25%. A survey showed that most freelancers thought they would get over €1000 per month whereas the true figure is closer to €800.    

2710, 2016

Do you use your own car for work?

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: News|

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.

2710, 2016

Paid education leave

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: News|

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 [...]

2710, 2016

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

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Expenses, News|

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 [...]

2710, 2016

Don’t get burnt by the burn out rules

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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 [...]

2710, 2016

EMPLOYING STUDENTS

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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 [...]

1808, 2016

Should you set up in Belgium post BREXIT?

By |August 18th, 2016|Categories: News|

  The UK's vote to leave the EU will inevitably mean several years of detailed neg-otiations on everything from technical guidelines for thousands of products,  rules on whether and how British people can live in work in the EU in the future and vice versa. One of the surest ways of insuring your business against years of uncertainty is to set up a company in Belgium now. This is simple [...]

1603, 2016

What do successful grads think you should study?

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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1503, 2016

Former student discusses success in the fashion industry

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

My success is no accident. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper [...]

1503, 2016

How do you best prepare for university?

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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603, 2016

Start your own Business 2016

By |March 6th, 2016|Categories: Events|

Our annual seminar where you can find out for free in English all you need to know about setting up a business in Belgium will take place on Tuesday April 26th this year. Further details to follow but save the date and email me to pre-reserve yourself space. See you there,  

1510, 2014

Read this to find out what’s really happening with entrepreneurship in Belgium

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Legal Incorporation, News|

With thanks to Pierre-Nicolas who writes, "Recent articles in newspapers pointed the decrease of firm creation in Belgium, especially in the Southern part of the country when the creation rate was said to have decreased 11.2%. We downloaded the figures from BeStat, the official repository of statistical figures for Belgium, and the reality looks slightly different. " Read on for more details.  

403, 2013

A new low for government inefficiency

By |March 4th, 2013|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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 [...]

111, 2012

Belgian Government moves to limit self-employed status

By |November 1st, 2012|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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. […]

2509, 2012

Business Expenses

By |September 25th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are often asked by our clients  starting out in business what they can and can't deduct as business expenses. There is no list in Belgium setting out what can and cannot be deducted. However, personal expenses are not deductible if they are nothing to do with work.  To discourage the practice, the Belgian government introduced a 309% tax on any personal expenses  booked as business expenses.  Now we [...]

1809, 2012

Training opportunities for women

By |September 18th, 2012|Categories: Events|

Are you starting your own business? Are you a woman? Can you understand French? If you answered yes to all three, then you may want to sign up for some of the training opportunities provided by Bruxelles Pionnières. From November 2012 to June 2013 they will be running a series of half and full day sessions (in French) on a range of challenges faced by starter companies. Contact Bruxelles Pionnières [...]

606, 2012

Female Board Pool Belgium launch conference on 24 September in Brussels

By |June 6th, 2012|Categories: Events|

Join a unique network and database for board-ready and board-experienced women:Launch conference on 24 September in Brussels Become part of a female talent pool to gain access to European board rooms - be it corporates, state-owned companies, SMEs, NGOs, or associations. For more information, and to register online, go to:  http://www.cleverland-communications.com/gender-equality Following its success in Switzerland and Luxembourg, the Female Board Pool is branching out to Belgium as an initiative of [...]

606, 2012

“Are we there yet?…”

By |June 6th, 2012|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

Measuring success in not only for profit organisations. Anyone who has been on a long journey with small children will recognise the refrain which usually starts 10 minutes into a 3 or more hour trip “Are we there yet, mum/dad?...”.  Fortunately, the driver usually does know where they are going, and nowadays we often have a GPS to make sure of the route. However, when you are running a small business or not for [...]

1502, 2012

Bonus schemes in Belgium

By |February 15th, 2012|Categories: Belgian Law|

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. […]

202, 2012

Register your NGO online – update Nov 2012

By |February 2nd, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

The online registration facility for ASBL/VZW registration in Belgium is now operational. The link to the new registration site is https://www.egreffe.be/evzw/fr/homepage for French and https://www.egreffe.be/evzw/nl_BE/homepage for Dutch. The process is not available for AISBL (international association) registration since a notary and a Royal Decree are requirements for this process.

501, 2012

Calculate how much your company car will cost you in 2012

By |January 5th, 2012|Categories: Expenses, News|

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 [...]

112, 2011

Start Your Own Business 2012

By |December 1st, 2011|Categories: Events, Legal Incorporation|

Following 2011’s sell out event, Local Knowledge is once again running a  half day seminar on how to set up and run a business in Belgium with the support of ING and The Bulletin magazine. Don’t miss out on Belgium’s premier business start up event, dedicated to helping expats set up businesses in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through the practical and essential steps you need to take [...]

2810, 2011

Adaptation of notice periods for employees

By |October 28th, 2011|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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. […]

1010, 2011

EU Blue Card – now in Belgium

By |October 10th, 2011|Categories: Belgian Law, News|

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. […]

909, 2011

Car free on Sunday 18th September

By |September 9th, 2011|Categories: News|

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. […]

2608, 2011

Start up of the month

By |August 26th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

Are you new in the market place and interested in promoting your business? Let Local Knowledge advertise your business through our website and Newsletter for free! […]

2608, 2011

Get your start-up known with social networks

By |August 26th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

Recent findings indicate that only 13 % of Belgian companies use social networks to promote their activities in spite of the fact that 70% of Belgians are connected to various social networks and that this media is the cheapest, easiest and the most efficient way to publicise your business. […]

1105, 2011

Beat the red tape with Local Knowledge

By |May 11th, 2011|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

New figures published by Coface Services Belgium show that the number of new starters in Belgium is at the exact same level as last year. Could it be that some people are put off by the crazy paperwork and the sheer difficulty of getting together all the papers required? […]

2001, 2011

Massive increase in false freelancers on the cards

By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: News|

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. […]

2012, 2010

The little green book that’s a big, big success

By |December 20th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

The English-language ‘bible’ of setting up a business started life two years ago as a little-known handbook offering advice and information about setting up a business or organisation in Belgium but, just like the company behind it, the book has become a key player in Belgium’s business consultancy world and has now sold over 1,000 copies. […]

3011, 2010

Set up an ASBL/VZW

By |November 30th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

An ASBL is the most common form of not-for-profit registration in Belgium.  The law provides extensively for its governance and for this reason, the Articles of Association (AoA) can be drawn up by the members of the organisation itself without the obligation of having the Bylaws notarised. […]

3011, 2010

Registering an operations centre

By |November 30th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

This is legal framework is specifically designed for foreign NGOs opening an ’operations centre’ in Belgium. To qualify, the organisation must be a registered NGO in its country of origin. […]

1011, 2010

Top Ten Tips

By |November 10th, 2010|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

Although according to the Belgians it only takes three days to set up a business here in actual fact most of the people that we speak to end up spending weeks if not several months on the formal start up process. It pays therefore to be prepared, to understand what is required at the various stages of the procedure and to make sure you have all the bits of paper [...]

1011, 2010

Step-by-step guide

By |November 10th, 2010|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

How do I set up a business in Belgium? The first decision you need to make concerns your company’s legal registration as there is a surprisingly large choice of business incorporation models in Belgium. […]

1011, 2010

VAT registration

By |November 10th, 2010|Categories: Belgian Law|

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. […]

1011, 2010

What you should ask a prospective accountant

By |November 10th, 2010|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

Top questions to ask an accountant who you want to work for you It’s important that you feel comfortable speaking with the accountant you finally choose. Ensure that the accountant understands your questions (not only language, but culture surrounding the fact that you don’t have a degree in Belgian tax accounting), and that the communication doesn’t seem hurried or difficult to follow. This is an important relationship that is worth [...]

1011, 2010

Tax rates in Belgium

By |November 10th, 2010|Categories: Belgian Law|

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%. […]

1808, 2010

How to prepare for an interview

By |August 18th, 2010|Categories: Belgian Law|Tags: |

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. […]

1607, 2010

Top ten start up tips

By |July 16th, 2010|Categories: Legal Incorporation|

Although according to the Belgians it only takes three days to set up a business here in actual fact most of the people that we speak to end up spending weeks if not several months on the formal start up process. It pays therefore to be prepared, to understand what is required at the various stages of the procedure and to make sure you have all the bits of paper [...]

1607, 2010

Providing practical HR advice and support

By |July 16th, 2010|Categories: Case studies|

Local Knowledge works regularly with organisations to help them manage the cultural aspects of being an employer in Belgium. As you will know if you have been in Belgium for only five minutes, there are a great many rules for the Belgian employer to contend with even if the company only has one employee. Our role is to make sure you are aware of those rules and that you have [...]

1607, 2010

Registering an NGO operations centre

By |July 16th, 2010|Categories: Case studies|

An international NGO with a Belgian member posted two workers to the Belgian affiliate’s office to work on EU issues. As their workload has increased and as the organisation has identified further opportunities, the parent NGO wanted to explore the options around a separate legal registration for the international office in Belgium. They commissioned Local Knowledge to set out the various options for legal registration and to make recommendations for [...]

1607, 2010

Setting up a business

By |July 16th, 2010|Categories: Case studies|

Overview: Yana Groves, who in 2008 arrived in Belgium seeking to set up a media training consultancy in Brussels, is British but speaks limited French. Her main aim was to be self employed and was interested in finding the cheapest, most tax efficient solution. After receiving advice from Local Knowledge on the different business incorporation options available to her in Belgium, she decided to opt for the quick, low start up cost option. She [...]

607, 2010

Overtime Kills

By |July 6th, 2010|Categories: News|

A new study published online in the European Heart Journal suggests working overtime for a few hours may drastically increase your chances of dying of coronary heart disease. The study showed that those work 3-4 hours overtime each day had a significantly greater risk of death from heart disease. According to the study working one or two hours longer each day does not put you at a higher risk for heart [...]

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