Coronavirus: temporarily unemployed back to work in crucial sectors

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)

When an employee who is temporarily unemployed in the context of the Covid-19 crisis temporarily resumes work with another employer in a crucial sector, he will continue to receive his unemployment benefits, despite this employment. However, they will be limited to 75%.

This regime only applies from 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.

This measure already existed for work resumption in a vital sector or in the health and education sectors. It now applies temporarily to the crucial sectors.

As a reminder, the crucial sectors are “the commercial businesses, private and public companies and services that employ personnel and that are necessary for the protection of the vital interests of the Nation and the needs of the population as referred to in the framework of the urgent measures taken by the Minister of the Interior to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, as well as the producers, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors of goods, works and services that are essential for the activity of these companies and these services.”

Source: Royal Decree of 28 March 2021 to temporarily relax the conditions under which the temporarily unemployed can be employed in crucial sectors, Belgian Official Gazette of 31.03.2021.

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