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From 1 August 2023, it will be possible to enter into a company collective bargaining agreement that provides for the payment of compensation in lieu of the provision and maintenance of work clothing. Previously, only an sector collective bargaining agreement could provide for this compensation. The definition of work clothing has also been clarified.
Work clothing is clothing designed to prevent workers from getting dirty. It can be an overall, an apron, a suit, etc.
If the work clothing also aims to protect the worker against risks that could threaten his or her health or safety at work, then it is personal protective equipment (PPE) that complies with other rules.
In certain sectors, a uniform or standardised clothing may be provided for in a Royal Decree or sectoral CBA. If this uniform or standardised clothing also aims to protect the worker from getting dirty, it is also work clothing. In this case, the employer must comply with the obligations set out below.
The employer must provide the worker with work clothing when the nature of the activities is such that he or she is exposed to dirt. He must also ensure that this clothing is renewed in a timely manner. The employer retains ownership of the clothing.
He must also clean, repair and maintain the work clothing.
Until now, only a binding sectoral CBA could provide for the employer to be relieved of these obligations by paying compensation to the worker.
From 1 August 2023, it will be possible to enter into a sectoral or company collective bargaining agreement. This may provide for:
Sectoral CBAs concluded before 1 August 2023 will continue to apply provided that the employer provides the necessary instructions for the proper cleaning, repair and maintenance of work clothing.
Would you like to enter into a company CBA so that your workers themselves can take care of their work clothing? Please contact Legal Partners.
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