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Belgian employees are on state benefits. This includes sickness, medical, disability, pension, and unemployment. For more information, please take a look at the corresponding government website.
GitLab does not plan on offering additional private medical or pension benefits at this time due to the government cover.
GitLab will continue to review responses from the Global Benefits Survey as well as budgetary availability with respect to adding a Life Insurance policy for team members in Belgium.
Annual Mandatory Indexation: Each year Belgian’s Joint Industrial Committee 227 (JIC 227) completes a salary review and recommends an adjustment in keeping with the cost of living. That adjustment is referred to as salary indexation and affects employees of companies that are subject to the committee's oversight. GitLab processes these mandated increases as part of Annual Compensation Review. An email will be sent to affected team members that will state their salary increase is an advance payment (partly) on the given year indexation, aiming at compensating (partly) for the increased costs of living and will ask for an acknowledgment of receipt of said email to each employee.
Each year all employees will be sent ecocheques no later than July 31. In accordance with the local law these are provided by GitLab at no cost to the individuals. These are currently sent by GitLab's payroll provider in electronic form via a Sodexo card. A pin for this card will be sent separately. The maximum value is 250 Euros, the amount that will be granted is pro-rated depending on the employee's start date. The reference period is from July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the year of payment. These ecocheques must be used to purchase ecological products and services; you can always find a current list of what is available on the National Labor Council website. These ecocheques are exempt from social security contributions and may not be awarded for replacement or conversion of salary.
Team members in Belgium should keep a basic first aid kit in their home, as per the Belgian Work Regulations and can purchase and expense one if needed. This kit from Amazon is suitable but team memebrs may purchase and expense a similar kit in a similar price range from elsewhere if preferred. Please, when expensing the first aid kit through Navan, add a link to this Handbook page in the description to assist the expenses team with approvals (https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/total-rewards/benefits/general-and-entity-benefits/bv-benefits-belgium/#first-aid-kit).
Pursuant to article 13 of the law on paid public holidays, employers are obliged to inform employees of observance holidays granted in lieu of public holidays which fall on a Sunday or another day of inactivity. Below is the 2023 Holiday and Observance schedule for Team Members in Belgium:
|Sunday January 1st||New Year's Day||Monday January 2, 2023|
|Monday April 10th||Easter Monday|
|Monday May 1st||Labour Day|
|Thursday May 18th||Ascension Day|
|Monday May 29th||Whit Monday|
|Friday July 21st||National Holiday|
|Tuesday August 15th||Assumption Day|
|Wednesday November 1st||All Saints Day|
|Saturday November 11th||Armistice||Friday November 10th|
|Monday December 25th||Christmas|
Out Sickin Time Off by Deel to ensure that sick leave entitlement is properly tracked.
Parental Leavelabel in Time Off by Deel.
Vacationin Time Off by Deel to ensure that vacation entitlement is properly tracked.
Note: GitLab has a global
flexible paid time off policy, which is the guideline for all GitLab employees globally. We highlight statutory requirements for some countries as well to ensure local compliance, but stress that our Paid Time Off policy is applicable for all GitLab team members globally irrespective of local policy.
People Ops will consult with Vistra to ensure that the statute is met.