Belgium to introduce four-day week

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GHENT, BELGIUM - 18TH FEB 2016: A view towards Sint-Michielskerk (Saint Michael's Church, Ghent)

Belgium is officially introducing a four-day working week.

In a series of reforms, employees will also have the right to ignore work-related messages outside of office hours without fear of reprisal.

“We have experienced two difficult years. With this agreement, we set a beacon for an economy that is more innovative, sustainable and digital. The aim is to be able to make people and businesses stronger,” said Belgium’s prime minister Alexander de Croo.

The reforms will also mean higher protection for those in the gig economy.

A trial for a four-day week has been launched in the UK. Similar trials are taking place across the USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.