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Belgium – Review of temporary law will lead to changes from July 2012

31 January 2012

The National Labour Council (NLC) which represents social partners (unions and employers’ organisations) in Belgium has finally agreed with the Belgian Parliament to review regulations for temporary employment. We understand the Government plans to introduce some of these laws by 1 July 2012.

Some of the legislations regarding temporary employment date back 35 years and a reform has long been sought for by the federation of employment agencies, Federgon. The general director of Federgon, Herwig Muyldermans, refers to the new regulations as a "very important agreement" for the sector, improving the social dialogue between unions and employers. 

Federgon currently estimates that in 2010 a total of 520,000 people have been employed at least once as temporary workers in the country. It is mainly students aged between 21 and 25, as well as those aged between 31 to 45 years of age that make up almost two thirds of the temporary workforce. The value of the sector currently lies at €3.762 billion. 

Further details of the review will be covered in tomorrow's news.


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