Autumn half-term break extended and distance learning: temporary unemployment due to force majeure?

Author: Catherine Legardien (Legal Expert)

Both in Flanders and in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, autumn half-term break will be extended by 2 days this year. Apart from the initially planned holiday week, pupils will also have holidays on 9 and 10 November.

Moreover, secondary school pupils in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will have to stay at home and follow distance learning courses for 3 days from Wednesday 28 October.

For these two situations, the ONEm/RVA has announced that employees who have to take time off from work to look after their children will be able to receive temporary unemployment benefits due to force majeure.

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