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Recent developments regarding the Belgian Labour Deal


Shortly before Summer, the Belgian government finally reached a final governmental agreement last Friday, 17 June 2022, on the so-called “labour deal” that was announced mid-February. Last Friday’s governmental agreement follows the political agreement reached in February, the (undisclosed) pre-draft bill and the subsequent advice of the National Labour Council of 17 May 2022.

The much-discussed labour deal aims at increasing the employment rate on the labour market to 80% by 2030, on the one hand, and improving employees’ work-life balance, on the other hand, by introducing a series of measures relating to (i) flexibility and the improvement of work-life balance, (ii) training of employees, (iii) dynamic labour market, and (iv) platform work and e-commerce.

In this short report, our Labour and Employment team discusses the possibility of introducing a four-days-work week, the right to disconnect, the increased protection for platform workers, and various other measures from the Belgian "Labour Deal".