Belgium allows working 4 days a week

The Belgian government issued a new working regulation, allowing workers to work 4 days a week, 10 hours a day.

“This will lead to new ways of working,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said after his multi-party coalition government reached an agreement on working regulations on February 15.

Employees can choose to work up to 10 hours a day to get an extra day off per week and still receive full pay, instead of the current maximum of 8 hours and 5 days a week.

Belgians can also choose to work more in a given week and less in the following week. Flexible new rules allow people to better manage their private and work lives.

A person wears a mask on a street in Brussels, Belgium in December 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

A person wears a mask on a street in Brussels, Belgium in December 2021. Photo: Reuters.

“I think giving workers flexibility is really a great idea so you can coordinate your life in your own ways, like maybe have three days off a weekend, or get everything organized. It’s easier to have children,” said Amaury Massion, a 44-year-old musician.

The new rule also gives the right to stop communicating after office hours with companies with 20 or more employees. There are also provisions for tech jobs from Uber drivers.

Belgium aims to bring the employment rate to 80% by 2030, up nearly 9% from 71.4% at the end of 2021.

Thanh Tam (Follow Reuters)

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