Coronavirus: further extension of the freeze on decreasing unemployment benefits

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)

In our Infoflashes of 13 May and 30 July 2020, we informed you about the measures taken by the government to freeze the decreasing unemployment benefits during the current health crisis.

A further extension of the period during which the decreasing unemployment benefits are frozen for the fully unemployed entitled to benefits has just been adopted:

  • The period during which the decreasing unemployment benefits will be frozen, initially planned until 30 June and then until 31 August 2020, has now been extended until 30 September 2020.
  • The situation of the fully unemployed on 1 April 2020 is therefore extended by 6 months (instead of the 3 months initially provided for and then extended to 5 months). The months of April, May, June, July and August 2020 had already been neutralised. September 2020 has now also been neutralised.


Source: Royal Decree extending the measures taken in the field of unemployment within the framework of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, Belgian Official Gazette of 1 October 2020

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