• Temporary support measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the field of social law

Update from 1 January 2022

03 January 2022

The House of Representatives adopted a bill on 17 December on the temporary support measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic that will be applicable as of 1 January 2022. The law will be published in the coming days.

These measures aim to provide employees and employers with the necessary support and flexibility in the difficult context of the coronavirus crisis.

The measures are as follows:

 

The right to short leave also for accompanying a minor child to a vaccination site

The right of employees to be absent from work to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, while retaining their salary, is extended until 30 June 2022, with the possibility of a further extension until 31 December 2022.

In addition, the right to short leave is extended to employees who accompany a minor child or an adult disabled person or a person under guardianship during the time necessary for their vaccination against the coronavirus.

The conditions for entitlement to short leave for vaccination against the coronavirus remain the same.

 

Specific measures for the service voucher sector

Employers who employ workers under a service voucher employment contract must provide these workers with at least mouth masks (disposable or reusable) and disinfectant gel.

In addition, if the worker finds that he or she cannot start or continue working in safe sanitary conditions, he or she has the right, under certain conditions, to suspend work or to leave the workplace if the situation persists.

 

Temporary unemployment scheme for force majeure corona for employees in cases where it is impossible for their child to attend nursery, school or a center for people with a disabilty

The corona unemployment scheme is extended and allows, under certain conditions, the employee to be absent from work in the following cases

  •  when it is impossible for his minor child to attend his nursery or school because of a measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus;
  •  when it is impossible for their dependent child with a disability to go to the care center for people with a disability, or if they can no longer benefit from the service organised or approved by the Communities, due to a measure aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

During the period in which he makes use of this right, the employees is not entitled to guaranteed salary, but he is entitled to temporary unemployment for reasons of force majeure resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic, with the daily allowance paid by the RVA/ONEM.

This measure is applicable from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 (with the possibility of extension).

 

Extension of the simplified procedure for temporary unemployment due to force majeure corona

The government and the NSSO have communicated in mid-December 2021 that the simplified procedure for temporary unemployment due to force majeure corona is extended until 31 March 2022.

 

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