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Social security deal for cross-border workers extended



Commuters won’t be penalised for working from home until mid-next year under a social security agreement between Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany Library photo: Frédéric Antzorn

Commuters won’t be penalised for working from home until mid-next year under a social security agreement between Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany Library photo: Frédéric Antzorn

Cross-border workers from Belgium, France and Germany won’t lose their social security affiliation if they work more than 25% of their time outside the grand duchy until the end of June next year, the government said on Friday.

Under EU rules, employees risk losing their social security affiliation if they work outside of the country where their workplace is registered for more than 25% of the time. The rules have been suspended since Europe went into lockdown in March last year.

The suspension has been extended until 30 June 2022 after it was due to expire at the end of this month, the social security ministry said.

This follows agreements between Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries to lift a cap on the number of days cross-border workers are allowed to work from home without facing income tax in both countries.

Belgium, France and Germany have agreed that days worked from home because of the pandemic won’t count towards their respective caps until the end of March 2022.