May 24, 2019

Autonomous vehicles and insurance: 5 challenges, 3 opportunities and 1 certainty

As insurance coverage will be profoundly different when (all) cars on the road are autonomous, a lot of strategic and legal insight is required to overcome the challenges and grasp the opportunities.

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May 23, 2019

New rules to deal with the unavailability of medicinal products in Belgium

An Act of 7 April 2019 has introduced new measures in Belgium to deal with the unavailability of medicinal products on the Belgian market.

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May 22, 2019

Autonomous vehicles: is Belgian road traffic legislation ready?

Autonomous vehicles, with varying degrees of autonomy, are on their way – although this will be slower than some had hoped or expected. This is notably the case for legal developments regarding this new form of mobility.

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May 21, 2019

2020 social elections: arrange for an exemption from keeping a register of temporary workers

Companies employing more than 100 employees can obtain an exemption from the obligation to keep a register of temporary workers (i.e. an annex to the general personnel register) if, by 30 May 2019 at the latest, they arrange for a unanimous declaration from the Works Council that the company does indeed employ more than 100 employees and this declaration is recorded in the minutes of the works council meeting.

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May 17, 2019

Pop-up leases in the three regions : Brussels adopted as last region its new rules

On 19 May 2019, the Ordinance of 25 April 2019 on short-term commercial leases enters into force for the Brussels-Capital Region.

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May 16, 2019

Will employers be obliged to set up a working time recording system?

In its recent judgment of 14 May 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that EU Member States must oblige employers to set up a working time recording system for recording the time worked each day by each worker.

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May 14, 2019

Companies beware! New prohibition in Belgium on the abuse of economic dependence

On 21 March 2019, the Federal Belgian Parliament adopted an Act amending the Code of Economic Law regarding abuses of economic dependence, prohibited terms and unfair market practices in B2B relationships.

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May 10, 2019

Better protection for teleworkers from occupational accidents

In a working world with rapid technological change and in which mobility is an increasing issue, telework is increasingly seen as a viable option and so more employees are demanding the opportunity to work remotely as part of their “employment package”.

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May 2, 2019

Clinical Trials and the GDPR: do I really need the participant’s consent?

On 23 January 2019, the European Data Protection Board issued its Opinion 3/2019 on the interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation and the Clinical Trials Regulation.

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April 23, 2019

Licence to contract – licence agreements and insolvency law

In an insolvency situation, the fate of ongoing contracts is something to be discussed. Such contracts are often closely linked to the essence of a company’s business.

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April 15, 2019

NSSO follows the Tax Ruling Commission’s position: warrants may not exceed 20% of the employee’s regular gross salary package

In 2018 the Tax Ruling Commission ruled that the grant of warrants may not exceed 20% of an employee’s gross annual salary in order to qualify as options (as set out above). The National Social Security Office (NSSO) has confirmed that it is applying the same criterion when determining whether such warrants qualify as salary, which trigger the payment of social security contributions.

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April 12, 2019

New mechanism for attracting investments and avoiding future blackouts

On 4 April 2019, the Belgian Parliament approved a Bill on the capacity remuneration mechanism. This system aims to ensure the security of electricity supply after Belgium’s nuclear ‘exit’ and should encourage investments in energy production facilities.

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