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On Sunday, October 29, 2023, we will be switching to winter time, which means setting our clocks back an hour (at 3 a.m. it will actually be 2 a.m.).
This change to winter time can pose difficulties for calculating the remuneration of certain categories of workers.
A CBA concluded in the National Labour Council settles the problem of calculating the remuneration of shift workers, who are not paid a lump sum per month.
There are two solutions:
In fact, when summer started, these workers worked less but kept their normal daily remuneration. As a result, when winter time starts, these workers will work more without receiving any additional remuneration, as this additional service has already been paid for when we switched to summer time.
In a company, working time is divided into 3 successive shifts (A, B and C), each lasting 8 hours.
The B shift worked during the change to summer time. This means the workers have worked 7 hours. They were paid for 8 hours of work.
When winter time starts (on the night of October 28 to 29), there are two possible scenarios:
Night shift during the two “time changes”
Number of hours paid during the change to summer time (for 7 hours of actual work)
Number of hours paid during the change to winter time (for 9 hours of actual work)
Source: Collective bargaining agreement no. 30 of March 28, 1977 concerning remuneration problems for certain workers during the change to summer and winter time, made compulsory by the Royal Decree of July 16, 1998, Belgian Official Gazette of August 11, 1998.
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