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Belgium

Staff welfare

Updated 12/2012

Legal requirements

Social rules

Non-discrimination, equal opportunity and gender equality

The law of 10 May 2007 prohibits discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, wealth, religious or philosophical beliefs, political convictions, language, current or future health status, disability, physical or genetic characteristics or social origin.

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism and Institute for Equality of the Sexes are the competent bodies for climate and the air.

Labour Law

Protection of workers

It is the responsibility of every employer to promote well-being within its company, from risk prevention and collective and individual means of protection, to training and information for workers.

The following institutions have been established to monitor worker welfare:

Social security covers the following risks:

  • Unemployment, via the National Employment Office (NEO);
  • Pensions, via the National Pension Office (NPO);
  • Illness, via the worker's mutual insurance company; 
  • Disability, via the worker's mutual insurance company; 
  • Family allowance, via the employer's family allowance fund;
  • Occupational illness (occupational illness fund);
  • Accidents at work (fund for accidents at work).

The National Social Security Office (NSSO) collects and administers payroll taxes and employment taxes.

Mandatory social rules complete the requirements related to managing staff.

Businesses are free to go beyond the minimum social legal requirements at their own initiative.

Administrative procedures

Non-discrimination, equal opportunity and gender equality

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism and Institute for Equality of the Sexes may be consulted in the event of a dispute involving discrimination.

Social security

The immediate declaration of employment or DIMONA is an electronic message used by employers to notify the NSSO of employees joining and leaving its staff.

Employers are required to insure their employees against the risk of accidents in the workplace as of the first day on the job. The Fund for accidents at work verifies compliance with this regulation.

As an employer, you are required to report any accident likely to be subject to laws on occupational accidents to the insurer you have selected to cover the risk.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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