Collective closure during holidays

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In Belgium, even short-term contracts like weekly contracts are covered by labor laws, including minimum wages, working hours, workplace safety, and collective shutdowns.

In Belgium, the collective closure in summer of businesses is a common practice, especially in sectors like construction and industry. During the collective closure period, employees are often required to take their annual holidays. The dates for these shutdowns are usually set in advance by the employer. During the collective shutdown, employees who cannot work and do not have enough holidays may be eligible for temporary unemployment benefits under certain conditions, such as working the last day before and the first day after the closure, providing the C3.2A certificate to your payment institution (a union or the auxiliary unemployment benefits fund – HVW/CAPAC), etc. This helps to partially compensate for the loss of income during this period.

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