Archive 2020


Decembermaand ... geschenkenmaand?

Decembermaand ... geschenkenmaand?
26/11/2020

Dit jaar kan uw traditioneel sinterklaas- of kerstfeest niet plaatsvinden. Als werkgever hebt u echter nog altijd de mogelijkheid om uw werknemers een geschenk te geven ter gelegenheid van de eindejaarsfeesten.

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Submission of a proposal for decision against Caudalie for imposing a minimum resale price on its selective distributors

Submission of a proposal for decision against Caudalie for imposing a minimum resale price on its selective distributors
26/11/2020

On 20 November 2020, the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority announced that it had submitted a motivated proposal for decision to the President of the Belgian Competition Authority regarding alleged anticompetitive practices committed by Caudalie

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Ms. Carmen Verdonck
Mrs. Beatrijs Gielen

First Belgian ruling on abuse of economic dependence
26/11/2020

First Belgian ruling on abuse of economic dependence: much looked forward too, little precedential value?

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Checklist for transferring personal data after schrems II

Checklist for transferring personal data after schrems II
26/11/2020

The CJEU ruling from 16 July 2020 in the Schrems II case created a lot of uncertainty for organisations transferring personal data outside the EEA. Not only was the EU-US Privacy Shield invalidated, the Court also imposed conditions for the use of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) as a mechanism to transfer personal data to non-EEA countries and this without any grace period. Any such transfer must at all times provide adequate safeguards to ensure a level of protection essentially equivalent to that provided by EU law. 

But how should this requirement be fulfilled in practice? Can the EEA-based party be expected to scrutinise all foreign law systems and decide whether additional legal safeguards are needed on a case-by-case basis? And which measures should it take? How should it provide adequate protection against access by public authorities in the non-EEA countries? How should it ensure that data subjects' rights or remedies are at all times respected?

Both the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Commission came up with some first practical guidance and instruments on 11 and 12 November respectively.

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Wijziging Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet: einddatum voor minnelijke onderhandelingen?

Wijziging Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet: einddatum voor minnelijke onderhandelingen?
26/11/2020

Op 14 oktober 2020 heeft het Vlaams Parlement de wijziging van het Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet goedgekeurd voor wat betreft de invoering van een minnelijke onderhandelingstermijn. Dit wijzigingsdecreet treedt in werking op 1 december 2020.

 

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New law on basic banking services for businesses in Belgium

New law on basic banking services for businesses in Belgium
25/11/2020

Yesterday, 24 November 2020, the new law on basic banking services for businesses has been published in the Belgian Official Journal. This law voted on 22 October 2020 by the Belgian Parliament introduces a right to basic banking services for companies in Book VII of the Economic Law Code.

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Ms. Olivia Santantonio
Ms. Pauline Hellemans

Recommendations on outsourcing to cloud service providers by (re)insurance companies
25/11/2020

The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) published 15 recommendations for (re)insurance companies that outsource to cloud service providers. These recommendations will apply as of 1 January 2021. In this article, we will briefly summarise these recommendations.

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Covid-19: Délibérations sans présence physique des organes des sociétés et des associations

Covid-19: Délibérations sans présence physique des organes des sociétés et des associations
24/11/2020

L’arrêté royal n°4 du 9 avril 2020 portant des dispositions diverses en matières de copropriété et de droit des sociétés et des associations dans le cadre de la lutte contre la pandémie de la Covid-19 permettait de déroger aux statuts des sociétés et associations pour organiser notamment des assemblées générales et des réunions des organes de gestion sans présence physique des membres.

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Mr. Peter Blomme

Invoking copyright to block the submission of evidence? Nice try, but no cigar!
24/11/2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivers judgments regarding the concept of “communication to the public” faster than legal scholars can read and dissect them.

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Mr. Peter Wytinck

Afwerving van cliënteel – Communicatie ter actualisering van klantenbestanden
24/11/2020

Het Hof van Beroep te Brussel oordeelde dat communicatie gericht aan klanten van een concurrent ter actualisering van klantenbestanden in de mate die communicatie manifest verwarring stichtend en misleidend is, onrechtmatige afwerving van cliënteel kan uitmaken.1

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