No Immediate Cause for Concern, but Major Questions for 2021

Brexit is a fact and the transition period is now running.

The question of applicable labor law arises in the context of temporary and permanent employment as regards both those employed in Belgium by a U.K. employer and those employed in the U.K. by a Belgian employer. In such situations, there may be a conflict between the labor law applicable in the country where the employer is established and that applicable in the country where the employee performs their services.

On its website, the Belgian Ministry of Employment informs employers and employees about the rules applicable during the transition period (February 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020) and after this period (as of January 1, 2021). Here is a summary of these rules relating to both the posting of workers and to permanent employment: