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Social security agreement between India and Belgium

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 10:28 AM
07.03.08 | The Belgian government recently approved a draft bill to implement the social security agreement between India and Belgium. The agreement, which was finalised in November 2006, is considered to be a landmark agreement as it is the first of its kind ever negotiated by the Indian authorities.

Will 2 May 2008 be a bank holiday?

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Dec 08, 2008 03:53 PM
19.02.08 | In 2008, 1 May 2008 marks both Labour Day and Ascension Day. In order to guarantee the legal requirement of 10 bank holidays granted to workers in the private sector, one day as compensation must be decided upon. For some time now, there has been a lot of uncertainty as to whether 2 May 2008 will be a public holiday or not. A Royal Decree dated 10 February 2008 finally brings clarity in this respect: As a general rule, 2 May 2008 will remain a bank holiday.

Schengen Area expands with nine new EU-Member States

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Oct 16, 2008 10:42 AM
11.01.08 | During a recent summit in Brussels the expansion of the Schengen area with 9 new Member States was approved.

New law on public takeover bids

by laga — Nov 20, 2008 09:54 PM
10.01.08 | The law of 1 April 2007 (M.B./B.S. 23 May 2007.) and the complementary Royal Decree of 27 April 2007 implement the European Directive relating to public takeover bids (Directive 2004/25/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on takeover bids. ) (hereafter the “Takeover Directive”). As from 1 September 2007, the new Belgian law on takeover bids is in effect.

More responsibilities for the Committee for Prevention and Protection at Work

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Jan 14, 2013 03:00 PM
26.12.07 | For many years, the manner with which the European Directive on the information and consultation of employees in undertakings has to be transposed into Belgian legislation has been a topic of much debate in Belgium.

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.
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