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Temporary and collective reduction of working time

Country of implementation
Belgium
General short description of the innovation
This measure was introduced as an anti-crisis measure in the light of the 2009 crisis. In contrast to the existing collective reduction of working hours for indefinite duration, this crisis measure was only temporary and provides a social security contribution reduction in the case of a temporary and collective reduction of working time by 1/5 or 1/4 through a collective labour agreement (CLA). The aim is to avoid as many lay-offs as possible during the crisis period. / / The reduction can apply to all employees (blue-collar and white-collar) or to a specific category of employees in the company. The target group reduction is respectively 600/quarter per employee for a 1/5 reduction and 750/quarter per employee for a 1/4 reduction. When accompanied by the introduction of a four-day week, the reduction is increased with 400 EUR/ quarter. / / If the reduced working hours are linked to a loss of pay, then the employee is entitled to wage compensation. At least 3/4 of the amounts should be used to make up for lost wages. However, the wage and compensation must remain below the employee?s last full time wage. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Temporary anti-crisis measure: from 1 July 2009, and extended until 31 January 2011
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Temporary anti-crisis measure to limit job losses by adjusting the volume of labour and being able to respond more quickly to temporary work shortages.
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
  • others (contra-dualisation)
Type of innovation
  • new form of policy-making
New outputs
  • working time (1/5 or 1/4 reduction in working time)
Intended target group
Full-time blue and white collar workers
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state (National Social Security Office (RSZ))
  • employers (organised or individual)
Intended output
  • working time
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
the measure aims to adjust labour supply to effective labour demand
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