Belgium to move to a four-day work week

The bill aims to provide greater flexibility and freedom in terms of working conditions in order to increase the adult employment rate by more than 80% by 2030 from the current 70.6%.

The document was prepared back in February, but its details are still being worked out.

Thus, Belgium will reduce the working week from 5 to 4 days, but at the same time keep the same number of working hours per week.

Thus, workers with a standard work contract will be able to work 10 hours instead of 8 if they wish, in order to have an extra day off. They will also be allowed to choose other options, such as taking a week off or taking extra hours each week.

The agreement also encourages employees to advance in their careers by giving them the right to 5 paid days of training and supporting job transitions.

The bill still has to be approved by Parliament. It is expected to come into force in the fall.

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