We hereby inform you that the new act providing for measures to protect employment has been published today in the Belgian State Gazette.

This act provides for three new measures:

  • a temporary collective reduction of working time;
  • an individual, temporary reduction of work; and
  • temporary unemployment for white-collar employees.

These measures apply as from today until 31 December 2009, possibly extended until 30 June 2010. Please find hereby the press release (DUTCH / FRENCH) from Joëlle Milquet, the Minister of Employment, as well as a table prepared by the Ministry of Employment analysing the three new measures (DUTCH / FRENCH).