The legislation of meal voucher
In Belgium, the granting of meal vouchers is regulated by several legal provisions. Employers are therefore bound to respect certain rules.
Are meal vouchers compulsory?As an extra-legal benefit, the meal voucher is in principle not compulsory (it is in some Joint Committees). Its granting and the related terms and conditions are therefore decided by the employer and set by a sectoral or company Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) or an Individual Labour Agreement. To know if the granting of this benefit is compulsory in your JC, do not hesitate to Contact us.
Who is entitled to it?Any person subjected to an employment contract which mentions the attribution of meal vouchers entitled to this benefit. The same goes for certain categories of workers, such as:
- Student jobs
- The interns paid under employment contract
- The teleworkers
- The workers with special status
Can I grant myself meal vouchers as independent business executive?Since 1 January 2007, independent business executives can grant themselves meal vouchers under certain terms:
- The number of vouchers granted must correspond to the number of days during which the independent business executive has actually performed work. The total number of days counted cannot exceed the maximum number of days that can be provided by a full-time worker in this company.
- The business executive who hires staff cannot grant himself meal vouchers without doing the same for his staff. The value received by the entrepreneur cannot exceed that received by his employees.