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Factsheet for case BE-2020-11/829 – measures in Belgium

Office allowance for teleworkers

Bureauvergoeding voor telewerkers

Country Belgium , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 13 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound
Case created 07 May 2020 (updated 21 May 2020)

Background information

The so-called office allowance of €126.94 per month is available to cover the costs of heating, electricity, small office equipment or other necessary facilities at home. This allowance can be granted free of social security contributions to all employees who work from home, including those who did not work from home prior to the pandemic situation, and therefore without the employer and employee having concluded a formal telework contract beforehand.

Content of measure

The temporary expense allowance for working from home is an office allowance of €126.94 per month. This amount is the same for all homeworkers. The office allowance covers a range of costs: the office in the private home, small office equipment, electricity, water, heating, insurance, property tax, etc. In order to avoid double use of the expense allowances, employees have to renounce the already existing monthly homework allowance.

In addition to the office allowance, the employer may also reimburse an expense allowance of up to €40 per month for the use of a private Internet connection with a subscription (maximum €20 ) and a private computer (maximum €20).

If the employee has to incur other costs such as the use of his own telephone or the purchase of a screen, the employer may also reimburse them. But this reimbursement is based on the actual costs. There is no general lump sum for this.

Use of measure

The use of the measure is entirely up to the employer in question and is nationwide across all sectors. It is currently not known how many companies have made use of the allowance.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Companies providing essential services
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

It is unknown how much the social partners are involved, it is probable that they were at least informed.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Office allowance for teleworkers, case BE-2020-11/829 (measures in Belgium), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.