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Small risks covered under the compulsory insurance for medical care for self-employed workers

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 21, 2008 05:14 PM
21.12.07 | As of 1 January 2008, self-employed workers shall be covered for both large and small risks through their compulsory insurance for medical care (In this respect, the government forming parties, have agreed to the proposed draft law in the competent Chamber Commission on 28 November 2007.). This means that in so far as the reimbursement of costs for medical care is concerned, self-employed workers will have the same rights to health insurance as employed workers. Consequently, the difference between the so-called “large” and “small” risks will disappear.

Result-tied Bonuses

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 12:16 PM
21.12.07 | During their 2007-2008 Interprofessional Agreement discussions, the representatives of trade unions and of the employers that make up the “Group of 10” agreed on enforcing result-tied bonuses.

New Outplacement Law is applicable as of 1 December 2007

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 10:57 AM
11.12.07 | As from 1 December 2007, employers have to offer outplacement on their own initiative to certain categories of employees that they want to discharge from their employment. Until today, the employer was only required to inform an employee of the outplacement procedure which became mandatory only if the employee made a specific request for outplacement.

Indexation of salary levels related to authorisations to employ foreigners and work permits granted to foreign nationals (from outside the EEA)

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 29, 2009 03:31 PM
04.12.07 | In application of article 131 of the law of 3 July 1978 on employment contracts and article 9 of the Royal Decree of 9 June 1999 enforcing the law of 30 April 1999 on the employment of foreign nationals (as modified by the Royal Decree of 6 February 2003), salary levels taken into account for issuing authorisations for the employment of foreign nationals and work permits for highly qualified foreign employees or executives who have a management position in Belgium, are linked to the index of contractual salaries. Such levels are therefore reviewed each year.

Retrieval of professional cards entrusted to business desks

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 11:35 AM
11.10.07 | As of 1 July 2007, issuing professional cards for self-employed foreigners is entrusted to the approved business desks and no longer to the communal authorities or the diplomatic or consular representatives abroad.

Dismissal for serious cause: finally cost free

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 11:30 AM
26.09.07 | In the event a worker is dismissed with a notice period to be worked that is shorter than legally required, case law unanimously states that, in this case, the worker is entitled to additional compensation.

Can the employer use private e-mails and private documents of the employee in a court procedure?

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 11:44 AM
10.07.07 | This question was submitted to the Labour Court of Liège on January 11, 2007. In order to prove the reasons for a dismissal for serious cause, the employer produced private e-mails of the employee as evidence, as well as personal documents from the employee’s hard disk. The employee opposed the use of the aforementioned documents before the Court and held that her privacy had been violated.

Modification of publication formalities for annual accounts as of 2 April 2007

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 11:44 AM
09.07.07 | The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) has extended the possibility to file annual accounts electronically so that annual accounts can henceforth be filed through the Internet in the form of a new structured data file or a PDF document. Filing of annual accounts on diskette is no longer possible as of 2 April 2007.

Too short to be good: LIMOSA and exemption from keeping social documents

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Apr 07, 2009 04:31 PM
27.06.07 | On 1 April, the LIMOSA project finally came into force. LIMOSA implies that every foreign worker temporarily and/or partially performing professional activities in Belgium has to be registered (by online declaration) with the Belgian social security authorities before they start working in Belgium.

Luncheon vouchers for self-employed company managers exempted as from 1 January 2007

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — May 21, 2008 03:43 PM
05.06.07 | According to an announcement from the Finance Federal Public Service , from 1 January 2007 luncheon vouchers for self-employed company managers will be considered to be exempted social benefits provided the following conditions are complied with simultaneously:
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