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Dissuading garden leave for older employees

One of the biggest challenges of the Belgian labour market is to retain older employees longer in employment. To address this issue, the Belgian legislator restricted the legal possibilities for early retirement, and adopted...more

Employee profit participation plans

One of the primary goals of the current Belgian Federal Government is to reduce the salary costs of employees in Belgium. To achieve this goal, the Government aims at introducing a legal framework for cost-effective employee...more

Enhancing social protection of international employees assigned to Belgium

Each employer who wants to occupy foreign workers (or self-employed for that matter) in Belgium must (unless those excluded by law) preliminarily declare their employment to the Belgian labour authorities via a so-called...more

12/29/2017  /  Belgium , Foreign Workers , Multinationals

Stimulating e-commerce: new rules regarding night work and Sunday work

To develop e-commerce activities, the possibility to perform night work, ie work performed between 8 PM and 6 AM, and Sunday work is crucial. In Belgium however, the current process to implement such work regimes is a heavy...more

China tax incentives for advanced technology service enterprises rolled out to the entire nation: key features

The China tax incentives for Advanced Technology Service Enterprises (ATSE) were first introduced in the Suzhou Industrial Park in 2006, then applied to 21 pilot cities in 2014, and subsequently expanded to another 11 cities...more

Be Aware Belgium November 2017

The law provides various measures in order to promote student employment. The act of 3 July 1978 on employment contracts, for example, provides a specific type of student contract in which some mandatory content must be...more

Be Aware Belgium May 2017

Brussels Labour Court had to rule on the nullity of a termination and the claim of an indemnity in lieu of notice by an employee. These are the facts: An Employee entered the service of a not-for-profit organization...more

Promoting permanent training of employees

The government of Belgium attaches a lot of importance to the training of employees organised by the companies in the private sector. In the proposed bill, the government wants to create a new framework for employers to...more

Annualization, floating work schedules and innovative overtime

This first special update will discuss how the proposition of bill "Flexible and Workable Work" aims at providing a more flexible work environment by introducing a general "annualization" of working time and a legal framework...more

Legal reforms in the pipeline: flexible and workable work in Belgium

The latest technological evolutions have drastically changed the methods of work used by employees, and have created new business needs for employers. They have also impacted how employees look at their work-life balance....more

Be Aware Belgium - October 2016

In principle, this is only possible after termination of the employment contract, provided a settlement agreement has been concluded with his employer. In order to be valid, a settlement agreement must meet various...more

Be Aware Belgium - September 2016

Under the principle of proportionality, can a serious cause be dismissed considering that the sanction resulting from the serious cause is unreasonable? In a judgment dated 6 June 2016 (S.15.0067. F/1, available through...more

Spotlight on Belgium - Issue 8, Fall 2015

As this issue of spotlight on Belgium shows, this is sometimes a correct perception. ongoing economic sanctions against Russia, as described by Jeroen Jansen and valerijus ostrovskis, demonstrate that legislation can add to...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends In The Legal Landscape - Issue 5, Spring 20014

One might expect that, with this fifth issue of a quarterly newsletter, we would be able to rely on the cyclical nature of things and simply model this Spotlight on Belgium after our very first issue. This is not the case,...more

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