The federal government made several decisions last Tuesday within the framework of the budgetary agreement.
Some of these are aimed at helping companies to cope, among others, with wage indexation and soaring energy prices.
Other decisions focus more specifically on employment.
An overview of the main measures agreed upon by the government:
- extension of the temporary unemployment scheme 'energy' until 31 March 2023;
- reduction of employer’s social security contributions in the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2023;
- deferment of payment of social security contributions for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2023;
- increase in the number of hours a student can work in 2023 and 2024 (with payment of the solidarity contribution);
- expansion of the sectors that can make use of flexi jobs (e.g. the healthcare sector for certain positions);
- introduction of stricter conditions of access and exercise for time credit "Care for a child(ren) under 8 years old" (e.g. age of the child reduced to 5 years and duration reduced to 48 months);
- curtailment of the scope of application of copyright.
Important note! These measures still have to be transposed into legal or regulatory texts.
We will keep you updated as soon as we have more details.
Sources: premier.be; press.