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Factsheet for measure BE-2020-11/829 – Updated – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 31 August 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 May 2020 (updated 20 September 2022)|
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.
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.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|20 December 2021||
Starting 1 January 2022, the office allowance will be set at €132.07.
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.
|Does not apply to workers||
Companies providing essential services
|Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
It is unknown how much the social partners are involved, it is probable that they were at least informed.
Eurofound (2020), Office allowance for teleworkers, measure BE-2020-11/829 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BE-2020-11_829.html
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