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September 8, 2022

Saturday is no longer a working day from 1 January 2023

Although the vast majority of companies work from Monday to Friday, Belgian labour law still attaches great importance to Saturdays. When the Employment Contracts Act refers to “working days” (e.g. the three-working day period for a dismissal for just cause or the registered letter serving notice that takes effect on the third working day after […]

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August 19, 2022

A new special social security contribution should discourage companies from excessively using successive daily temporary agency work contracts from 1 january 2023

On 19 July 2022, the National Labour Council’s social partners proposed introducing a new responsibility mechanism to financially penalise companies that make excessive use of successive daily temporary agency (“interim”) work contracts (SDC): if the SDC number exceeds a certain threshold during a semester, then the company-user will have to pay a special social security contribution.

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August 5, 2022

Copyright fit for the internet age? Belgium implements the DSM directive (Part 3: New rules governing copyright contracts)

On 1 August 2022, the Belgian law transposing the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (“DSM directive”) (EU Directive 2019/790) was published in the Belgian State Gazette (NL / FR). The new law enters into effect immediately (with the exception of a few provisions).

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August 4, 2022

Copyright fit for the internet age? Belgium implements the DSM directive (Part 2: New neighbouring right for press publishers & four new mandatory exceptions to copyright)

On 1 August 2022, the Belgian law transposing the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (“DSM directive”) (EU Directive 2019/790) was published in the Belgian State Gazette (NL / FR). The new law enters into effect immediately (with the exception of a few provisions).

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August 3, 2022

Copyright fit for the internet age? Belgium implements the DSM directive (Part 1: Background & article 17 DSM directive)

On 1 August 2022, the Belgian law transposing the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (“DSM directive”) (EU Directive 2019/790) was published in the Belgian State Gazette. The new law enters into effect immediately (with the exception of a few provisions).

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July 28, 2022

Are foreign employers who post workers to Belgium obliged to proceed with a DIMONA obligation: what has the Belgian Supreme Court said (or rather not said)?

In a ruling of 19 April 2022, the Belgian Supreme Court decided that an A1-certificate issued by a competent foreign authority to a posted worker does not exclude compliance with the DIMONA obligation.

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July 26, 2022

Are you accountable for any human rights violations in your value chain?

Even though Belgium is lagging behind when it comes to enacting specific legislation, companies doing business in Belgium should be aware of the risk of being held accountable for human rights violations or environmental pollution up or down their value chain.

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July 13, 2022

The Belgian Government’s ‘labour deal’: the final draft of the bill is presented to Parliament

As announced and presented in our blog of 21 February 2022, the Belgian government reached an agreement in February 2022 on the ‘Labour Deal’, which is a package of measures seeking to get more people into work and to achieve a better work-life balance for employees.

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July 7, 2022

European Commission Unveils Measures to Unleash the Potential of Health Data

The European Commission has presented its Proposal for a Regulation on the European Health Data Space (the “Proposal”). While it aims to strengthen the rights of individuals and unlock data’s potential for research purposes, it also adds complexity to an already extensive legal framework.

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July 1, 2022

Webinar video | Digital Law Series #11: Keeping Up with GDPR

In this session, we will have a closer look at, amongst other things: the new SCC’s, the ECJ’s verdict in the Facebook-case and new decisions from the Market Court.

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June 30, 2022

The EU’s mutual trust in the administration of justice does not extend to arbitration (in insurance disputes)

In the context of enforcement of judgments, the CJEU (in Case C-700/20) does not allow arbitration to circumvent the fundamental rules underpinning the Brussels I (recast) Regulation, including the principles governing the victim’s direct action against the insurer and lis pendens.

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