Coronavirus crisis: special measures for Student@work

Updated on September 29, 2020

Student@work, too, must adapt to the coronavirus crisis. If in normal circumstances, we are happy to welcome you at our offices, we prefer not to do so now. And if normally we are quite, quite strict when it comes to your 475 hours, right now we sort of aren’t. For the second quarter of 2020, that is.

How to get an attestation without dropping by

We’re sorry, but we are still avoiding physical contact. That is why we advise against dropping by our offices for an attestation.

If you don’t know them yet, this is the perfect time to discover them: our online service and mobile app. With these tools, making your own attestation is easy enough. It goes like this:

  1. Log in to the online service or the mobile app.
  2. Click on ‘Attestation for a future employer’.
  3. Choose the year for which you want an attestation.
  4. Click on ‘Make an attestation’.
  5. Email the attestation.

Not working for you? Have a quick look at the complete information on How do I make an attestation? to see if you’ve missed anything, and then call us at 02 509 59 59. We’ll put you back on track.

As a last resort, you can still visit us in Brussels – under certain conditions(new window), mind!

Your hours during the second quarter are not taken into account

Are you, just like many other working students, working extra hours in order to cope with the coronavirus crisis? In the supermarket maybe, or in a food company? If so, you now get some extra support. The government has decided that your hours worked in the second quarter of 2020 do not count towards your quota of 475 hours, while you still remain entitled to reduced social security contributions. This measure applies to all working students and is not limited to one particular branch of industry.

Child allowances

If you are working a lot of hours during the coronavirus crisis, it is possible that according to the normal rules you lose (a part of) your child allowances. In order to prevent this, the regional institutions granting the child allowances have worked out an exception rule for the year 2020.

Wallonia

According to the normal rules, young people (who are born at the latest on 31 December 2000) in Wallonia lose their child allowances if they work more than 240 hours a quarter (except in the months of July, August and September). However, as an exceptional measure in 2020, from January up to and including September you are allowed to work more hours as a working student without losing your child allowances. Your revenue and your number of worked hours have no consequences for the entitlement to child allowances during that period.

Flanders

Normally speaking, in Flanders you may not work more than 475 hours a year as working student, otherwise you lose your entitlement to child allowances. In the year 2020 the hours you have worked during the second quarter (months of April, May and June) will exceptionally not count towards the calculation of your total.

The German-speaking community

The rules for the German-speaking community are not based upon a maximum number of hours. As such these do not need to be adapted for you to be able to work more hours in the second quarter without losing your child allowances.

Brussels

In normal circumstances, in Brussels students are not allowed to work more than 240 hours per quarter during the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters. Exceptionally, this limit is not applied to the 2nd quarter of 2020. Read more about it on the Famiris website (in French)(new window).

Taxes paid by your parents

If you are working a lot of hours during the period of the coronavirus crisis, you are also earning more. Under the usual rules, you run the risk of no longer being considered dependent on your parents for tax purposes. You can read more about this dependency on our page ‘Do my parents have to pay more tax?’.

In normal circumstances, your parents would indeed have to pay more taxes. But in this case, your revenue as student in the second quarter will not count towards any decision concerning your fiscal dependency.