Practical information Belgium
What you need to know about employment in Belgium
Employers are expected to be fully aware of and apply human resources legislation and regulations. This is not always possible, especially when employees are stationed abroad. In that case, you must be able to count on a solid partner who has all the knowledge in-house. At Interfisc, we take care of your employees across the border, allowing you to fully focus on your core business.
Local employees in Belgium, with or without a registered place of business
In several countries, it is possible to offer your products or services through a local employee without the need to have your own registered office there for this purpose. This can, however, often be subject to certain restrictions as to the nature of your activities as a foreign company without a registered office in the country in question.
Please also note that, in principle, Belgian social security will apply to your employees residing in Belgium, whether they work exclusively or partially in that country. In addition, Belgian tax regulations will apply to the income they earn in Belgium and you will be obliged to observe Belgium employment law.
Payroll costs in Belgium
One of the first questions you could be confronted with before taking on an employee in Belgium, is the high level of payroll costs in the country.
In our factsheet Personnel in Belgium, available for downloading below, please find an overview of the employee benefits package that is customary in Belgium and the associated costs, calculated on an annual basis.
The cost overview gives an insight into the terms and conditions of employment that are customary in Belgium, based on which you can decide whether it is worth having an employee in Belgium. As soon as you make this decision, we will be happy to help you make a suitable offer for your employee, so you will be well prepared for negotiating with your employee.
Additional employer obligations in Belgium
In view of the complexity and, possibly, inadequate internal knowledge of Belgian legislation in your organisation, we recommend that you do not limit yourself to reviewing the financial side! Our fact sheets provide a detailed explanation of the sections that make up the cost overview. We also give an overall picture of the Belgian rules concerning:
- Employment law
- Social security
- Employee benefits
- Health & well-being
Download our factsheet Personnel in Belgium, with information on regulations, payroll costs, employer insurance and payroll accounting in Belgium!
OFFICIAL BODIES IN BELGIUM
|Official bodies:||Information about:|
|Fiscale gegevensbank België||Fiscal|
|Flanders Investment and Trade||Foreign investments|
|Wisselkoersen vreemde munten||Financial|
|Registratiebank merken Benelux||Government|
|FOD, Economie, KMO, middenstand en energie||Belgium-Federal|
|Nationaal Instituut voor de Statistiek||Belgium-Federal|
|Neergelegde jaarrekeningen België||Belgium-Federal|
|Rijksdienst voor Sociale Zekerheid België||Belgium-Federal|
|Rijksdienst voor Arbeidsvoorziening België||Belgium-Federal|
|Kruispuntbank voor ondernemingen||Belgium-Federal|
|Onderneming starten, beheren, stopzetten||Belgium-Flanders|
|Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX)||Foreign investments|
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN BELGIUM
|New Years Day||01-01-2021 (Friday)||01-01-2022 (Saturday)|
|Easter Day||04-04-2021 (Sunday)||17-04-2022 (Sunday)|
|Easter Monday||05-04-2021 (Monday)||18-04-2022 (Monday)|
|Labour Day||01-05-2021 (Saturday)||01-05-2022 (Sunday)|
|Ascension||13-05-2021 (Thursday)||26-05-2022 (Thursday)|
|Pentecost||23-05-2021 (Sunday)||05-06-2022 (Sunday)|
|Pentecost Monday||24-05-2021 (Monday)||06-06-2022 (Monday)|
|National holiday||21-07-2021 (Wednesday)||21-07-2022 (Thursday)|
|Assumption of Mary||15-08-2021 (Sunday)||15-08-2022 (Monday)|
|All Saints||01-11-2021 (Monday)||01-11-2022 (Tuesday)|
|Armistice Day||11-11-2021 (Thursday)||11-11-2022 (Friday)|
|Christmas Day||25-12-2021 (Saturday)||25-12-2022 (Sunday)|
In Belgium, a day off in lieu is always granted (recuperation). The employee can choose when he wants to take this day off in lieu, or the employer may opt to set a specific day as a collective day off for its employees.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN BELGIUM
|Christmas||21-12-2020 t/m 03-01-2021||27-12-2021 t/m 09-01-2022|
|Spring||15-02-2021 t/m 21-02-2021||28-02-2022 t/m 06-03-2022|
|Easter||05-04-2021 t/m 18-04-2021||04-04-2022 t/m 18-04-2022|
|Ascencion||13-05-2021 t/m 14-05-2021||26-05-2022 t/m 27-05-2022|
|Summer||01-07-2021 t/m 31-08-2021||01-07-2022 t/m 31-08-2022|
|Autumn||01-11-2021 t/m 07-11-2021||31-10-2022 t/m 06-11-2022|