The ‘Kamer van volksvertegenwoordigers’ has approved the enactment ‘Workable and Flexible Work’ on 23 February 2017. This enactment shows a broader vision around the flexibilisation of the Belgian labour market.

This law enables companies and employees amongst others to work with new innovative organization models increasing flexibility for both employers and employees.

As of February 1, 2017 your company can implement several measures in order to cater the needs of the food industry as well as retaining a stable work-life balance for the employees. This includes, amongst others, the implementation of a system of voluntary overtime, the introduction of sliding and dynamic schedules as well as the possibility of occasional telework.

However, not all measures can already be implemented by the company. For some new opportunities such as career saving and the donation of conventional leave, the initiative lies with the food sector. The legal framework of these opportunities will most likely be set out by a sectoral collective bargaining agreement. Up until now, no concrete sectoral initiative has been taken within the food sector. In the absence of any sectoral initiative, the company can decide to bring the case to the applicable Joint Committee itself or eventually, create its own framework.

A case of wait and see!