a Belgium A country that is known for having one of the toughest job markets in the world. And to bring a little more flexibility to the sector, a recently announced agreement in the country aims to give citizens more free time.
In practice, this measure empowers the Belgian authorities to do the following: work week Complete in just 4 days instead of the traditional 5. And best of all, without any loss or pay cut.
If the company turns down a request from an employee who wants a lean working week, the company must give the reason for the refusal in writing.
“It aims to give people and companies more freedom to organize their working hours,” Prime Minister Alexandre de Cru said in Brussels on Tuesday.
Eurostat data for the third quarter of 2021 shows that about 71 out of every 100 Belgians aged 20 to 64 are employed. This number is low compared to the Eurozone average of about 73.
To change this scenario, a federal coalition agreement proposed by seven Belgian parties created a target for the employment rate in the country: 80% by 2030. This measure is fundamental to guarantee the maintenance of pensions and the financing of futures. Tax cut.
The new rules, it is worth noting, also apply to digital platform workers, regardless of how they fit into contracts.