What is the minimum and the maximum working time? How to handle overtime? Are there possibilities for employees to work on a Sunday or a legal holiday? What are the obligations in terms of wellbeing at work? What are the rules related to homeworking? Are the employees entitled to transport costs? Are the employees entitled to any other benefits such as a yearly premium or eco vouchers?
When talking about employment conditions, the employer must not only comply with the labour laws and royal decrees. A typical feature of Belgian labour law is that many regulations are laid down in sectoral collective agreements. An employer will therefore always have to consult the sectoral provisions.
Further an employment agreement can be suspended for a number of reasons. The most common types of leave are the annual vacation and the sick leave. An employee in Belgium is entitled to 20 statutory vacation days paid by the employer. In case of sick leave the employee is entitled to guaranteed salary for the first 30 days of the sick leave.
But there are a lot of different types of leave such as, amongst other things, extra legal vacation days, parental leave, time credit, bereavement leave, marriage leave, unpaid leave, etc.
On the other hand, temporary unemployment systems can be a solution for both parties in case of decreasing activities of the company.
How can we help you?
Our legal experts can assist you concerning all your questions related to the Belgian regulations in terms of the working conditions as well as the rules determined in the applicable sectoral provisions. Further they can inform you based on the applicable regulations, (i.e. the duration, the payment and the conditions of the leave) about the different kinds of leave in order for you to inform your employees accordingly.
If you want more information about what Mazars can offer your company with regard to the abovementioned services or if you want Mazars to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.