Coronavirus: Easter weekend brought additional aid measures

Author: Legal Knowledge (Legal Expert)
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During the Easter weekend, the government introduced a number of measures to support sectors facing an enormous workload. In principle, these measures enter into force on 1 April 2020 and cease to have effect on 1 July 2020.

Below, you will find an overview of these Easter measures.

Based on our initial analyses and reactions from the field, we can see that many questions are still raised. The exact terms and conditions will therefore be set out in forthcoming legislation. We are monitoring this closely for you and will be happy to inform you in our next Infoflashes.

 

Measure

For which companies?

What is the benefit?

What are the conditions?

More flexible working hours - favourable tax measure

 

120 additional voluntary overtime hours

Essential sectors

(link)

For the employee:

Gross wages = net wages

 

For the employer:

No overtime pay

No time off in lieu

No social security contributions

Gross wage = wage cost

 

Limited to the period of the coronavirus crisis: 1 April to 30 June 2020

Maximum +120 hours (i.e. a total of 220 hours) during the period 1/4/2020-30/6/2020

 

‘Borrowing‘ of employees

 

Provision of employees to essential sectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential sectors

(link)

For the employee:

No temporary unemployment

 

 

For the user:

Additional workforce

- Limited to the period of the coronavirus crisis: 1 April to 30 June 2020

- Written agreement between employer, user and employee

- At least the wage and working conditions of the user (same position)

- Employee was employed by the original employer before 10 April 2020

Short-term employment contracts

 

Successive fixed-term employment contracts allowed

Essential sectors

(link)

For the employee:

No temporary unemployment

 

For the employer:

The successive fixed-term employment contracts are not transformed into a single employment contract for an indefinite period

For a period of three months from the date of entry into force of the Royal Decree regulating the derogation.

The fixed-term contracts have a minimum duration of 7 days.

Student work

 

Student work – more than 475 hours per year

 

All employers

(e.g.: wholesale distribution and food sector)

Hours worked above the 475-hour limit are treated as the quota of 475 hours student work: student solidarity contribution only (8.13% in total)

 

Hours worked in the period 1/4/2020 - 30/6/2020: are not deducted from the quota of 475 hours

Temporarily unemployed - working in vital sectors

 

75 % of the (daily) temporary unemployment benefit can be combined with wages

 

 

Agriculture, horticulture and forestry (JC 144, JC 145, JC 146)
Temporary agency work in these sectors (JC 322)

- For the employee: at work, 75% of the unemployment benefit can be combined with wages

 

 

-For the employer: Additional workforce

 

 

Employees on time credit - working in vital sectors

Suspension of time credit/career break:

  - with the possibility of performing additional work with one’s own employer

(max. April and May - extendable by 1 month)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 -with the possibility to work for another employer

(max. April and May - extendable by 1 month)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Own employer belongs to one of the essential sectors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other employer belongs to one of the essential sectors

Performing additional work with one’s own employer:

 

For the employee:
- Automatic return to the time credit system at the end of the temporary employment

- The temporary employment is not taken into account for the allowed period of time credit

- Not entitled to an interruption benefit during the suspension

 

For the employer:
The employee works more

 

 

 

 

Performing additional work for another employer:

 

For the employee:
- Automatic return to the time credit system at the end of the temporary employment

- Retention of 75% of the interruption benefit during the suspension

 

For the other employer: Additional workforce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Performing additional work for another employer: written employment contract with end date no later than the end date of the measure

Full unemployment

Three months freeze on decreasing unemployment benefits/professional integration period (one-off measure in the context of the coronavirus crisis)

- unemployed artists: extension of the reference periods by 3 months for the retention of 60% as the basis for compensation, the proof of days worked as well as the proof of 3 artistic performances (one-off measure in the context of the coronavirus crisis)

 

All fully unemployed persons ( + unemployed artists)

 

 

Engaging asylum seekers

Engage asylum seekers who have a valid residence permit

All employers

No specific permission to work

The employer must provide temporary housing for the asylum seeker himself.

 

 

This text has been drawn up subject to forthcoming legislation on this matter.

 

Source: a.o. press release 11 April 2020 - www.premier.be

 

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