The common of ‘Hechtel - Eksel’ recognized as a tourist centre

Author: Brigitte Dendooven (Legal expert)
Read time: 2min
Publication date: 17/03/2023 - 15:51
Latest update: 17/03/2023 - 15:52

The common of Hechtel – Eksel is now recognized as a tourist centre. This recognition has an impact on the employment of workers on Sunday. In principle it is forbidden to work on Sundays. However, under certain conditions it is allowed in tourist centres.

Retailers and hairdressing salons located in tourist centres can employ employees every Sunday on a rotating basis. Each employee may be employed individually for a maximum of 39 Sundays per calendar year.

The tourist centre must be 'officially' recognized by the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue on the basis of a file and supporting documents proving the recreational nature of the location. The recognition is granted for an indefinite period.

This is the case for the common of Hechtel – Eksel.⠀

Source: Ministerial decree of 9 March 2023 determining the localities recognised as tourist centres in implementation of the Royal Decree of 9 May 2007 on the employment on a Sunday in retail stores and hairdressing salons located in seaside resorts, climatic health resorts and tourist centres, Belgian Official Gazette of 14 March 2023.

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