Shorter week for over fifty-fives

6th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2007, BRUSSELS - As of 1 June, everyone over the age of 55 can choose to work one day less per week. The National Labour Council has decided that all employees over the age of 55 can get the benefit of the 4/5 ruling with accumulation of time off.

6 April 2007

BRUSSELS - As of 1 June, everyone over the age of 55 can choose to work one day less per week. The National Labour Council has decided that all employees over the age of 55 can get the benefit of the 4/5 ruling with accumulation of time off.

At the moment, employees sometimes have difficulties with the ‘company-quota’ which allows for a maximum of 5 percent of personnel to make use of ‘time-credit’. This obstacle no longer applies for the 55-plussers.

In Belgium one in four 55-plussers is still active in the labour market: that is a total of 279.073. As of 1June, this group can take time off, without hindrance from the ‘maximum of 5 percent’ ceiling.
 
The 4/5 ruling does not necessarily imply that the 55-plusser stay home one day a week. “Other combinations, such as two half-days a week off, or working fewer hours each day, must be considered,” according to the Belgian Employers’ organisation (VBO).

[Copyright Expatica news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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