Expat Partner

find your flow as a trailing spouse

“So, what do you do?” is perhaps the most often asked question in any given social situation. It’s not surprising then that we often believe our identity to be wrapped up with our careers. But what happens when you move abroad? Can you continue to further your career as a trailing partner, or will you feel left behind during your partner’s foreign assignment? Finding the answer might not be as difficult as you expect…

 

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Fortify Your Mental Resilience

practical advice in stressful times

With Belgium in the European top 3 for COVID-19 related deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and with a second lockdown freshly instated, it’s safe to say that, as a nation, we’re on high alert. It’s also safe to say that these last eight months have had their impact on our mental wellbeing. We caught up with past ABRA keynote speaker Willemijn van Dommelen of PRR Consultancy to find out how we can fortify our mental resilience in times of COVID. 

 

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Accommodation Industry

Will COVID-19 have a lasting impact?

The scale and impact of the novel coronavirus and subsequent quarantine measures have led us all into uncharted territory. As the pandemic continues to evolve, our serviced apartment providers have been working hard to ensure they are able to provide tenants and staff with a safe and hygienic environment. We wanted to find out how our accommodation providers have experienced the past eight months and how they are coping now that we are back in lockdown. Our thanks go out to everyone who responded to our informal callout for feedback.

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Are Home Viewings Allowed?

IPI/BIV contests government guidelines

UPDATE NOVEMBER 17th: It appears private individuals may now view properties, providing no one else is on site at the time.

The lockdown instated on Monday November 2nd has called for all non-essential businesses to close. The list of allowed commercial activities is more extensive than during the first lockdown, but under the current governmental guidelines property viewings, and entry and exit surveys are forbidden.

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Surviving the Home Office

safeguarding sanity when working from home

2020 will forever be remembered as the year in which lockdowns, social distancing and self-isolation became part of our daily vocabulary. Now that the novelty of working in your pyjama’s is starting to wear off and you’ve seen every meme pass by at least twice, you might find yourself starting to feel slightly less enamoured with your new place of work. Because chances are your home office comprises a chair at the dining table, or perhaps a small desk jammed into a corner of the living room.

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COVID-19 Employment Measures

support measures for employers

In these challenging times, we’d like to outline a number of possible support measures for you as an employer. We highlight the fact that the below mentioned measures only relate to the employment of your employees. You may also be eligible for other measures with regard to corporate tax, VAT, etc. Further on, we can’t emphasize enough that the Belgian government adjusts these measures as much as every day. This newsletter reflects the state of affairs on April 16th, 2020.

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COVID-19 Impact Statement

on the right to Travel, Work and Reside in Belgium

As the corona virus pandemic continues to impact the operations and workforce of companies in Belgium, there are many questions about how to secure and protect the work and residence rights of foreign staff. The situation is fluid and government guidance does not exist for every scenario.

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The Saisonniers #5

I wake up the next morning and receive a text from a friend asking whether I fancy joining them for a New Year’s Eve party. With a glass of wine in one hand and my phone in another hand I bump into Dominic, who looks at me with curiosity and asks me what kind of questions I am looking to be answered. His girlfriend is visiting for a week, but that doesn’t stop him enthusiastically talking about his experiences in Val Thorens and abroad.

Dominic, 39, is a salesman in a Val Thorens ski shop. Picture by Arno Van den Veyver.

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