Thematic leave/time credit: increase of interruption benefits for single employees

Author: Catherine Legardien (Legal Expert)

The interruption benefits granted to single employees forming a single-parent family in the context of thematic leave and time credit with motive in the form of a reduction of the working hours by 1/5th are increased. This increase will apply from 1 July 2021.

More specifically, it applies to the interruption benefits granted to employees, whatever their age, who completely interrupt their work or reduce it to a half-time job, by 1/5th or 1/10th, as part of a thematic leave to care for a child (parental leave, leave for medical assistance, palliative leave) and who meet the following cumulative conditions:

  • they live exclusively with one or more dependent children;
  • they are relatives in the 1st degree of the child with whom they live or are responsible for the daily education of the child with whom they live;
  • They care for a child under the age of 12 in the event of parental leave and under the age of 18 in the event of leave for medical assistance or palliative leave (the age of 12 or 18 is increased to 21 if the child is disabled).

The increase also applies to interruption benefits granted in the context of a time credit taken in the form of a reduction of the working hours by 1/5th for employees living exclusively with one or more dependent children, irrespective of the motive for the time credit.

The new amounts of the benefits are available on the website of the ONEm/RVA.

Sources: Royal Decree of 31 August 2021 amending various provisions on thematic leave and time credit for single employees with (a) child(ren), Belgian Official Gazette of 10 September 2021; ONEm/RVA.

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