Belgium: The right to guaranteed income in the event of burnout

5.28.2015

In Belgium, a burnout is treated identically to any other type of disease with regard to guaranteed income.
In order for an ill employee to be entitled to guaranteed income, the nature of his illness is irrelevant. As a consequence, a burnout is treated identically to any other type of disease with regard to guaranteed income.

In Belgium, the amount of guaranteed income depends upon whether the employee concerned is a white collar or a blue collar worker. In general terms, we could say that the employer will have to pay the employee 100% of his salary during the first month of illness.

The employee could, however, lose his rights to guaranteed income if:
 
  • He has not informed his employer of his illness immediately;
  • He refuses to provide his employer with a medical certificate;
  • He refuses to be examined by a control doctor. 

Please note that the employee can only be required to submit a medical certificate if it is requested by the employer or if it is prescribed by either a collective bargaining agreement or by the working regulations of the company.

After one month of guaranteed income, the employee will be covered by the social security in Belgium.

The Belgian government currently intends to extend the period of guaranteed income to 2 months as from 2016.