In 2023 antitrust enforcement globally will continue to respond to calls for it to do more to address a range of crises and social concerns. Authorities are being given enhanced powers and new tools, and are tackling cases that they might not have pursued a few years ago.
It is difficult to attract talent. Candidates are not inclined to change jobs easily. A competitive salary is not the sole driver anymore.
Days before the recent UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the terms of a new Regulation on deforestation-free products.
Small Modular Reactors (hereinafter “SMRs”) are a promising new technology in the field of nuclear energy, offering a number of potential benefits over traditional large nuclear reactors. They are smaller in size and can be mass-produced, making them more affordable and easier to deploy. In addition, their modular design allows for a greater degree of flexibility in terms of deployment and operation. However, as no technology is flawless, there are also disadvantages to SMRs that are worth addressing.
Businesses are increasingly engaged in the digital transformation of their processes and in constant need of a wide array of IT services going from software (especially so-called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software) to hosting services. This leads to a multiplication of IT arrangements and contracts.
On 10 November 2022, the Various Labour Provisions Act was published in the Belgian State Gazette. Here we briefly address the most important topics of the Belgian labour deal.
On November 29, 2022, Crowell & Moring’s Yung Shin Van Der Sype gave a webinar covering one of the most important HR privacy issues in Belgium today – the actual impact, four years on, of the GDPR. This blog post summarizes the main points discussed during that webinar.
Does a day, week or month go by without hearing how AI can be a productivity booster for your way-of-working or how AI makes it possible to do more with less effort? In today’s hype-filled world of technology, based on artificial intelligence, the value of AI for contract management does not only extend to sales, procurement, and finance departments, but also the legal department is facing this innovative technology to improve their way-of-working.
On 10 November 2022, the Act of 3 October 2022 on various labour provisions was published in the Official State Gazette. On our website we will address the most important measures of the Labour Deal. This article concerns the new 7-day notification term for variable work schedules.
New Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and guidelines: what’s changing for distribution relationships?
On September 20, 2022, Thomas De Meese and Marieke Van Nieuwenborgh presented a webinar on the new competition rules applicable to distribution relationships which entered into force on May 10, 2022.
On 3 October 2022, the Belgian Federal Government introduced a draft bill containing various tax and financial provisions with the Chamber of Representatives. It includes a wide range of tax measures, mainly impacting procedural aspects. With this bill, the Government seeks to implement the "Second Action Plan for a coordinated anti-fraud policy" launched by the Minister of Finance (cf. our Newsflash of 29 April 2022 (Dutch)).
The reintegration procedure 2.0 and new rules for the termination of an employment contract due to medical force majeure
A new Royal Decree of 11 September 2022 has been adopted to amend the part of the Code on well-being of workers that concerns the reintegration procedure. This Royal Decree has come into force on 1 October 2022 and contains various reforms. In addition, the government submitted a legislative proposal on 14 September which aims to establish a procedure of its own with regard to the termination of the contract for medical force majeure. This procedure was initially included in the reintegration procedure, but now it will be separated.
It’s no secret that legal departments are under ever-increasing pressure to do more with less. Higher workloads and smaller budgets are forcing in-house lawyers to come up with innovative ways to work more efficiently. Many in-house legal teams therefore turn to legal technology solutions to cope with the increased demands.
Also during a secondment to Belgium, attention should be paid to the rules around prohibited lease of personnel. Indeed, a violation of the principle of prohibited lease of personnel can have serious financial consequences. This was once again confirmed by the judgment of the Nivelles labour tribunal of 13 January 2022. These decisions highlight the importance of structuring your secondment in line with Belgian mandatory legislation regarding prohibited lease of personnel, either via a tripartite intra-group secondment agreement or a subcontracting arrangement.