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Wage assignment: simplification of the procedure

Which procedure must employers follow when notified of an employee’s wage assignment?

This procedure was simplified by the Act of 7 March 2016:

  1. The creditor must notify his intention to the employee to execute the assignment.
  2. The employer must be notified of the service to the employee.
  3. The creditor must deposit a notice of assignment.
  4. The decision to proceed with the execution of the assignment needs to be served to the employer after the expiration of a 10 day time limit for opposition.

Formalities 2 and 4 may always be done by registered letter or by means of a bailiff’s notification. Subject to a prior agreement between the creditor and the employer these formalities can be done electronically.

After step 4, the employer is obliged to deduct the pay.

Source:

Act of 7 March 2016 on simplification of the procedure concerning the assignment of the pay (Belgian Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 21 March 2016).