May 28, 2020

Webinar Video | Privacy, telework, electronic contracts: 3 key legal themes in Covid-19 times

Gerrit Vandendriessche, Esther Soetens and Mathieu Maniet provide you with a hands-on digest about what your company should know from a legal perspective about privacy, tele-working and electronic contracts during these Covid-19 times.

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May 22, 2020

Employment Ministry’s and DPA’s new positions on checking employees’ temperatures

The controversial issue of whether employers can check their employees’ temperatures has been much debated. Both the Employment Ministry and the Data Protection Authority (DPA) have recently changed their positions in this respect. The Employment Ministry allows temperature checks, but only during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided that the decision to introduce such checks, as well as the method of implementation, is included in the company’s work rules in line with the procedure provided for in Collective Labour Agreement Number 100 on the performance of alcohol and drug tests.

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May 21, 2020

Extension of Doel 1 and Doel 2 is illegitimate but our energy supply is safe for now …

On 5 March 2020, the Constitutional Court annulled the extension of Doel 1 and Doel 2 because this extension infringed EU legal provisions concerning environmental assessments.

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May 7, 2020

Belgian federal government restricts the sale of personal protective equipment and medical devices that can be used in the fight against Covid-19 – Updated

On 23 March 2020, a Ministerial Decree on special measures in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the basis of Book XVIII of the Code of Economic Law was adopted by the Belgian Minister of Economic Affairs, which restricts both the retail and wholesale distribution of certain types of personal protective equipment, as well as of medical devices used for treating Covid-19 patients.

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May 6, 2020

EC has adopted temporary derogations from certain EU competition rules

On 30 April 2020, the European Commission adopted three implementing regulations allowing temporary derogations from the strict cartel prohibition provided for by EU competition law in three specific agricultural sectors: dairy, potato and live plants and flowers.

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May 4, 2020

Weathering The Crisis: What Future For Real Estate?

COVID-19 is having a massive impact on the retail sector. How will this develop in the short and long term? What is the future of brick-and-mortar retailers? Will the way we are experiencing shopping be deeply modified?

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April 22, 2020

Belgium adopts Act increasing the transparency of managed entry agreements

On 16 April 2020, a new Act was adopted by the Belgian parliament to increase the transparency of managed entry agreements concluded between pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance.

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April 16, 2020

Ambitious Europe: the European Commission unveils its policy strategy on Artificial Intelligence

On 19 February 2020, the European Commission released its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which sets out policy options on how to achieve the double goal of (1) promoting the update of AI and (2) addressing the risks associated with certain uses of this technology.

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April 9, 2020

Belgium takes measures to avoid medicine shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 8 April 2020, the Belgian federal agency for medicines and health products adopted a consolidated version of its decision taking the following urgent measures for certain listed medicines to avoid medicine shortages during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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April 1, 2020

Reimbursement of medicinal products in times of pandemics and budgetary constraints: why quick fixes do not work

With national governments scrambling to take measures in order to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, we are again confronted with the fact that a EU common policy in the healthcare field is quasi inexistent.

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March 18, 2020

CJEU clarifies when reverse payment patent settlements can be anticompetitive

In its ruling of 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has clarified for the first time the criteria governing whether a reverse payment settlement agreement concerning a dispute between the holder of a pharmaceutical patent and a manufacturer of generic medicines is contrary to EU competition law.

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March 17, 2020

Postponing of the social elections procedure due to Covid-19

As already announced in our previous newsflashes, the social partners have decided to suspend the current social election procedure because of the coronavirus crisis and to restart the procedure after the summer.

On 24 March 2020, the National Labour Council (NLC) issued an opinion that highlighted the implications of this postponement for companies. This NLC opinion has now been transposed into a law which has been voted in Parliament on 23 April 2020.

This article outlines the most important consequences for employers.

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