On 12 February 2014 the National Labour Council has
given its unanimous advice on the harmonization of blue-collar and white-collar
employees in the field of occupational pensions. Any distinction regarding future periods of
employment should be eliminated by 1 January 2025 at the latest.
The Royal Decree of 9 January 2014 concerning the dismissal compensation
indemnity (Official Gazette of 20 January 2014) determines how this
indemnity for dismissed blue-collar employees is calculated, applied for
For the year 2014 the legal interest rate remains
2,75%, which is the same rate as in 2013. In fiscal matters and for claims of the
National Office for Social Security (NOSS) the rate remains 7% for now.
to the judgment of the European Court of Justice of 16 April 2013 (see our Newsflash of 16 April 2013), the
Brussels Labour Court, in a decision of 17 December 2013, accepted the
validity of the hearing of an employee in English, in view of the
cross-border character of his employment contract.