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Meal vouchers and meal allowances: not cumulative!

For several years there has been disagreement on the question whether or not meal vouchers can be cumulated with allowances awarded to employees to buy meals "on the road".

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Indemnity for unfair dismissal of blue-collar workers: the Supreme Court requires more in-depth examination of cases

Article 63 of the Act on Employment Contracts states that, when the termination of the employment contract of a blue-collar worker is not justified by the worker’s abilities or behaviour or when it is not based on the company’s operational needs, the worker is entitled to a lump-sum indemnity for unfair dismissal.

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Advice of the National Labour Council

As is the case before every social election procedure, the minister of Employment requested an advice from the National Labour Council (NLC) with regard to a number of issues that raised during the former social elections (and with regard to its possible solutions).

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Day X-60 is on the way …

In exactly one year, the quadrennial social elections for your works council and/or prevention committee will commence.

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Meal vouchers in electronic form: soon a reality!

In the Belgian Gazette of 23 November 2010 two Royal Decrees of 12 October 2010 regulating the introduction of electronic meal vouchers were published.

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Can the exercise of the right to strike depend upon the respect of a prior procedure?

In a judgment of 28 October 2010 (Trofimchuk v. Ukraine), the European Court of Human Rights gave a decision in a case in which a worker had been dismissed by her employer (an Ukrainian municipal firm), notably because of her participation in a picket.

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Employee or self-employed, the fate of intellectual property rights?

In a judgment of 3 June 2010 the Supreme Court ruled on the allocation of intellectual property rights on computer software written by a statutory manager of a commercial company who was not an employee of that company but rather a self-employed worker providing services to it.

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Stalking, a criminal alternative for bullying at the workplace?

In a recent decision of 28 September 2010, the Belgian Supreme Court clarified, in a criminal court case, the use of the criminal act  of "stalking" (article 442bis Criminal Code) within the framework of bullying at the workplace.

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New amounts of remuneration for white-collar workers

As every year, the Federal Public Service Employment has adapted the amounts of remuneration to be taken into consideration for the application of certain provisions of the employment contract for white-collar workers.

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Social security agreement between Belgium and Quebec enters into force

For employment outside of Europe, it must always be verified if Belgium has entered into a social security agreement with the country concerned.

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