Employers with employees working on Belgian territory must observe the working, pay and employment conditions provided for by law. All labour legislation applicable in Belgium (FR/NL) is published on the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue’s website (in French and Dutch).
The fundamental provisions concern:
- Working and rest hours: how the work is organised, such as normal maximum hours, overtime and work at night and on Sundays and public holidays
- Minimum wage: minimum hourly rates as laid down in collective bargaining agreements and made compulsory by Royal Decree
- Temporary work: the rules governing temporary work and when it is permitted
- Employee leasing: the rules governing the leasing of employees to users
- Equal treatment: the principle of non-discrimination, especially between men and women
- Protection of children
- Health, safety and security at work
- Protection of pregnant women
- Scope of some social documents
Internal Prevention and Protection at Work Service
Every employer must establish an Internal Prevention and Protection at Work Section (French acronym: SIPPT), which helps apply measures designed to ensure employee well-being.
For more information, contact the Direction régionale du Contrôle du Bien-être au Travail (regional well-being at work inspectorate):