Inner Cabinet agreement: additional support measures

Author: Catherine Legardien - Catherine Mairy (Legal Expert)
Date:

On 12 June, the Inner Cabinet reached an agreement on a new set of measures relating amongst others to the organisation of work.

There is agreement on the following measures:

  • creation of a special Corona unemployment scheme, which will consist of a transition from temporary unemployment due to corona force majeure to regular economic unemployment. This 'transitional' economic unemployment can be used if the company experiences a 10% drop in turnover. Employees will attend 2 days of training per month of unemployment and will continue to receive 70% of their last capped salary;
  • companies undergoing restructuring or in difficulty will be able to reduce working time pending the resumption of their normal activities and to avoid redundancies, either by means of a collective reduction in working time, or by means of the time credit or end-of-career time credit, for which access with benefits will be lowered from 57 to 55 years of age; 
  • extending access to corona parental leave. This scheme will run until 30 September 2020 with benefits that are increased to 150% for single-parent families and families with a disabled child;
  • the costs incurred by people working from home will be more easily reimbursable, up to a maximum of EUR 127 per month.

Important!

These measures have yet to be transposed into legal or regulatory texts. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more details.

Source: https://www.premier.be

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