Taking Annual Leave (Holidays) in Belgium
I hope someone can explain to me exactly how the Belgian system of work and holidays operate, because so far no-one (including my Belgian acquaintances) can.
Basically, I am informed by my work that the amount of holidays I am entitled to for this year will be determined by the amount of holidays I took in the previous calendar year i.e. 2011. This is so despite the fact that I was in a different job the previous year.
So basically, the amount of holidays that you take in job x in the year 2011 will determine how many holidays you can take in job y in 2012. This seems baffling to me. It is all the more strange when the situation is not affected by the terms of a working contract, so I am told. So the fact that my previous work contract stipulates that I am entitled to a certain amount of days holidays will have an effect on a subsequent, completely unrelated new employment.
The Working Time Directive allows all employees 20 days holidays per year. How can this be compatible with the Belgian system whereby your 20 days holidays can be reduced if you took too many holidays the year previous?
The system is made all the more confusing by the fact that this system have apparently nothing to do with income tax.
Any advice is very much appreciated.