2017 Proposed Changes to Belgium’s Labor Laws

Ghent BelgiumBelgium currently has an official 38-hour working week, one of the shortest in the EU. New legislation attempts to increase the hours employees are allowed to work, by enabling employers to average hours over a year, instead of over four months. This would let employees work up to 9 hours per day during busy periods, as long as they compensated by working fewer hours at other times during the year. Also, the employer and employee will now be allowed to agree to having the employee work up to 100 hours of paid overtime during the year, without the employee also being entitled to compensatory time off.

Secondly, if the new legislation passes, employers will be required to pay for their employees to receive five days of training, in order to increase employee skills.

Other proposed changes to the labor laws include, an increased ability to work from home, introduction of flexible hours, simplification of part-time work, night work for e-commerce, and increased flexibility for temporary staffing agencies.