Working 4 days every week as a substitute of 5 begins in Belgium


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Yusuf Ozkan | Hague

The brand new regulation, which permits working 4 days every week as a substitute of 5 days every week in a full-time job in Belgium, begins on 20 November.

With the brand new regulation, the variety of hours, wage and social rights of the staff will stay the identical, however they’ll have the ability to unfold the work they should do in 5 days to 4 days.

The brand new labor settlement, adopted by the federal authorities in June, entered into power after being revealed within the official gazette.

The regulation, which goals to supply a greater work-life steadiness, offers personal sector workers the fitting to work 4 days as a substitute of 5 as of November 20.

Because of the totally different working situations within the public sector, the appliance principally covers the members of the personal sector.

In keeping with Belgian public broadcaster VRT, workers from virtually each section, from the IT sector to the steel and meals sector, are throughout the scope of this laws.

The demand for working 4 days every week as a substitute of 5 will rely upon the desires of the staff. The employer is not going to make any coercion on this regard.

Workers will apply in writing for a 4-day additional time request.

The employer, who refuses to satisfy the request, will justify this refusal in writing and inform the worker inside 1 month.

Wage will stay the identical


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The worker’s request is not going to lead to opposed remedy from the employer’s perspective and will definitely not lead to dismissal or termination of the contract.

It’s said that whereas the wage and social rights of the staff stay the identical, the variety of day by day meal vouchers and journey allowances could change.

Workers will be unable to work voluntary additional time through the 4-day working interval.

As a result of, in accordance with the federal government, additional time is opposite to the aim of the apply, which goals to strike a greater steadiness between work and personal life.

In keeping with a survey by Ghent College consultants, a big proportion of employees assume {that a} workweek with the identical variety of working hours unfold over 4 days as a substitute of 5 will result in a greater work-life steadiness.