The new salary thresholds for 2014 - A restricted role

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Date:
30 Oct 2013

<p>As it does every year, the Federal Public Service Employment has changed the remuneration thresholds to be taken into account for applying certain provisions of employment contracts of white-collar employees.</p>

As it does every year, the Federal Public Service Employment has changed the remuneration thresholds to be taken into account for applying certain provisions of employment contracts of white-collar employees.

As of 1 January 2014, the following amounts will apply:

 

Basic amounts

Amounts applicable for 2013

Amounts applicable as of 1 January 2014

16.100 EUR

32.254 EUR

32.886 EUR

19.300 EUR

38.665 EUR

39.422 EUR

32.200 EUR

64.508 EUR

65.771 EUR

 

However, as of 1 January 2014, the amounts applicable for 2014 will play a more restricted role in the framework of the expected new laws on dismissals harmonising the status of blue- and white-collar workers. On the one hand, the notice period will no longer be determined based on remuneration and, on the other hand, it will no longer be possible to insert a probationary clause in the contract. For those two elements, the salary thresholds will therefore no longer be relevant.

This means essentially that the salary thresholds applicable for 2014 will only be relevant for the validity of the non-competition clause, the arbitration clause and the education clause.

 

> Action point

As of 1 January 2014, employers will have to use new salary thresholds to determine if the non-competition clause, the arbitration clause and the education clause are valid. If the planned legislation enters into force, those amounts will no longer be relevant for dismissal.