Salary ceilings are fixed for the implementation of certain stipulations of the law of 3 July 1978 concerning the employment contracts. On 1 January of each year these amounts are adapted in consideration of the evolution of the salaries.
The principle of the annual adaptation of the salary ceilings for the implementation of the law of 3 July 1978 concerning the employment contracts is laid down in article 131 of the law. Accordingly, the salary ceilings are adapted annually, as from 1 January, in consideration of the evolution of the salaries, taking into consideration not only the indexation of the salaries, but also other increases, as may have been provided for in the collective labour agreements for the various business sectors.
As from 1 January 2012, the salary ceilings will be adapted as follows:
the first ceiling of EUR 30,535 becomes EUR 31,467; the second ceiling of EUR 36,604 becomes EUR 37,721; the third ceiling of EUR 61,071 becomes EUR 62,934. The salary ceiling of EUR 31,467 is relevant in connection with :
the possibility to include a schooling clause in the employment contract (art. 22bis); the possibility to provide for a non-compete obligation in the employment contract (art. 104 for commercial representatives and art. 65 for the other employees); the applicability of the legal minimum notice period to be respected by the employer towards white-collar workers (art. 82); the determination of the length of the notice period to be respected by the...