Wage thresholds with regard to employment contracts for 2020

Author: Catherine Legardien
Date:

On 1 January 2020, the annual wage thresholds for the application of certain provisions of the Employment Contract Act of 3.7.1978 will be subject to adaptation following the annual indexation.

Legal provisions

employment contracts

Annual wage thresholds (1) in force in 2019

Annual wage thresholds (1) in force in 2020

Non-competition clause

- clause prohibited if wages are equal to:

- clause authorised for positions laid down in the CBA (collective bargaining agreement), if wages are:

- clause authorised except for positions prohibited by CBA, if wages are equal to:

 

€ 34,819 and –

between + € 34,819 and € 69,639

 + € 69,639

 

€ 35,761 and –

 between + € 35,761 and € 71,523

 + € 71,523

Arbitration clause

- clause prohibited if wages are equal to:

- clause authorised if wages are equal to:

 

€ 69,639 and –

+ € 69,639

 

€ 71,523 and –

+ € 71,523

Training clause

- clause prohibited (2) if wages are equal to:

- clause authorised if wages are equal to:

 

€ 34,819 and –

+ € 34,819

 

€ 35,761 and –

+ € 35,761

(1) Annual wage is understood to mean the monthly gross wages, recalculated over a year (= monthly gross wage x 12). To this are added the double holiday pay, the end-of-year bonus and all the benefits that are obtained under the contract.

The amounts paid during the 12 last months preceding the point in time to determine the wage threshold must be taken into account if wages are variable.

(2) Unless the clause concerns training for an occupation or position included on the Regions' lists of bottleneck occupations or hard-to-fill positions.

 

Source: Adaptation on 1 January 2020 of the wage amounts determined by the Employment Contract Act of 3 July 1978 to the general index of conventional wages for non-manual workers (article 131), Belgian Official Gazette of 27 November 2019.