Abroad|31/01/22

BELGIUM: Civil servants have “right to disconnect”

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > BELGIUM: Civil servants have “right to disconnect”

From 1 February next, federal civil servants, whether statutory, trainee, proxy or contractual, will have a “right to disconnect”.

This new legislative provision is the result of “the conviction that the increasing use of digital tools outside working hours” can be a major source of stress. The possibility to physically and mentally leave work behind during breaks and outside working hours is linked to positive results in terms of well-being: better concentration, better recovery and higher and more sustained energy levels.

In concrete terms, under the Royal Decree of 2 December 2021, which amends the Royal Decree of 2 October 1937 :

  • Civil servants may only be contacted outside normal working hours for exceptional and unforeseen reasons requiring action that cannot wait until the next working period or if they are on call;
  • They may not suffer any prejudice if they do not answer the telephone or read work-related messages outside their normal working hours;
  • To ensure that rest, annual leave and public holidays are respected and that work-life balance is maintained, the managing official shall organise a consultation on disconnection from work and the use of digital media at least once a year in the relevant consultation committee.

Find out more

Discover other news

Community news

28/02/24

OSH measures key to prevent violence and harassment at work

More than one in five workers in the 25 countries surveyed have experienced violence and harassment at work, according to a new report by the ILO. Creating an environment free of these problems requires “a cooperative approach and social dialogue within companies on occupational health and safety (OHS)”.

Community news

28/02/24

Lead and diisocyanates: Council approves new limit values

The new directive adopted today reduces the occupational exposure limit values for lead and its compounds, which are toxic to reproduction, by a factor of five, and introduces new limit values for diiosocyanates, to which 4.2 million workers are exposed and which can cause asthma and skin diseases.

News

28/02/24

OS&H in Europe: where are we now?

So where are we in Europe when it comes to health and safety at work? That's the question we put to William Cockburn Salazar, the new Executive Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), in the first episode of the EUROGIP Discussions.