Within the hotel and catering trade, staff may once again undertake overtime without any problem according to a letter sent by the Social Inspectorate to all cafés and restaurants. Philippe De Backer, Secretary of State for Social Security Fraud Prevention confirmed this on Sunday in Het Nieuwsblad.
At the time of the introduction of an appropriate monitoring system within the sector, the government promised that every staff member could undertake up to 300 overtime hours, without being taxed on such hours (360 for outlets with an appropriate monitoring system in place).
Each month, more than 4,000 workers take advantage of this measure. However in recent weeks employers in the sector understood that such workers would no longer be able to use this means. The human resource management organisations indicated to them that the upper limit was 91 hours of overtime. Trade unions in the hotel and catering sector had then refused to conclude a collective agreement upon the measure.
Philippe De Backer quickly wished to restore legal protection. “Since the return of the good weather at the beginning of May, we have received a lot of complaints. I am pleased that an agreement was reached so that the sector could implement a measure that is well deserved. It is very important for the maintenance of permanent jobs.”
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)