Employment legislation

Belgian employment policy is based on consultation between the social partners. This kind of collaboration between employers and workers has resulted in a dynamic, flexible and protected workforce (Belgian workers enjoy excellent protection from unemployment and illness). Social consultation offers multiple benefits, such as wage cost control, increased workforce productivity and guaranteed peaceful industrial relations.

In Belgium, the legal working week is 38 hours. Apart from the legal working week, enterprises may alter working time in line with their companies' requirements. Workers may work appropriately remunerated overtime.

Visit the website of the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue for more information on working conditions in Belgium.