In your new country, the number of annual leave days is calculated based on the number of days worked during the previous year in Belgium. So, a full-time employee who has worked 12 months in Belgium in 2015 is legally entitled to 20 days annual leave in 2016. For those who have not worked full-time during these 12 months, annual leave days are pro-rated based on the days worked in the previous year. Expats who arrive in Belgium in 2016 and therefore have not worked in Belgium in 2015 will not be entitled to any annual leave days in 2016.
People who are not entitled to 20 annual leave days in 2016 (because they have not worked a full year in 2015 in Belgium) are entitled to additional holidays in order to complete the number of holidays up to a maximum of 20 days.
Different types of leave
In addition to statutory holidays depending on the work done in the previous year, there can be additional discretionary leave granted by the employer – European holidays (which complete the statutory paid leave), public holidays and leave in special circumstances. With the agreement of the employer, the employee can also take days off without pay.
Public holidays in Belgium
Employees are not required to work during the ten following legal holidays and the employer has to pay normal remuneration for these public holidays: New Year's Day (1 January), Easter Monday, Labour Day (1 May), Ascension, Pentecost Monday, National day (21 July), Assumption (15 August), All Saints Day (1 November), Armistice (11 November), Christmas Day (25 December). When a holiday coincides with an habitual day of inactivity (Saturday or Sunday), this day will be replaced
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