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Covid-19 update: A new record keeping obligation and compliance check for employers and users relying on foreign workers or self-employed individuals in the construction, cleaning, meat, agriculture and horticulture sectors (Altius)

Author: Emma Van Caenegem (Altius) Publication date: 25/08/2020 As part of some new measures that aim to reduce the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Belgian government has recently imposed a new record keeping obligation upon certain employers and users who are temporarily relying on foreign employees or self-employed

2020-09-01T11:59:25+00:00 1 september 2020|Categories: Sociaal recht|Tags: , |

Understanding Payment Services (Altius)

Author: Altius Publication date: 30/07/2020 The provision of payment services is a licenced activity in the EU. Payment services providers are regulated by the European Directive (EU) 2015/2366, better known as PSD2. In Belgium PSD2 is transposed by the Belgian Act of 11 March 2018 on the legal status and

2020-08-01T09:27:56+00:00 1 augustus 2020|Categories: Financieel recht|Tags: , |

New unfair trading practices in the food supply chain (Altius)

Authors: Mathieu Maniet and Carmen Verdonck (Altius) Publication date: 06/07/2020 Within the agricultural and food supply chain, significant imbalances in bargaining power between suppliers and buyers of agri-food products are frequent. Those imbalances in bargaining power are likely to lead to unfair trading practices. The Directive 2019/633 (the “Directive”) aims

2020-07-09T08:52:09+00:00 10 juli 2020|Categories: Handelsrecht|Tags: |

Five quick lessons from the Belgian Council of State’s first coronavirus judgment (Altius)

Author: William Timmermans (Altius) Publication date: 28/04/2020 This judgment concerns one of the first measures on easing the Belgian lockdown rules. Since Saturday 18 April 2020, a ministerial decree has allowed two additional categories of shops to reopen: garden centres and DIY stores. Two plaintiffs, Andreas Stihl (a company selling

2020-04-29T15:21:34+00:00 30 april 2020|Categories: Gerechtelijk recht|Tags: , |

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

Author: Christophe Ronse (Altius) Publication date: 01/04/2020 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. This is equally so in respect of the pricing and reimbursement

2020-04-08T11:35:33+00:00 8 april 2020|Categories: Pharma & lifesciences|Tags: , |

Can a Member State in times of Corona crisis prohibit a pharmaceutical company to deliver certain products (such as testing kits or protective medical gear) to other EU countries? (Altius)

Authors: Hanne Baeyens and Carmen Verdonck (Altius) Publication date: march 2020 With the Corona crisis, countries such as Germany, France and the Czech Republic have already announced bans on exports of protective gear to avoid shortages at their countries. But is this in conformity with the principle of free movement of

2020-03-19T10:07:16+00:00 19 maart 2020|Categories: Pharma & lifesciences|Tags: , |

I am a public contractor and am having difficulties performing a contract because of the coronavirus outbreak (Altius)

Author: Vera Van Thuyne and William Timmermans (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 What if you are a service provider to public authorities, but your employee who normally performs this contract must stay in quarantine? What if your supply chain has been disturbed and prices for a necessary product have skyrocketed? Public contracts

2020-03-14T12:06:17+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Overheidsopdrachten|Tags: , |

Does the coronavirus crisis allow me to rely on ‘hardship’ towards private contract parties? (Altius)

Authors: Fauve Bex, Charlotte Vermeersch and Alexander Hansebout (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 The coronavirus crisis could make the ability of a business to perform pending contracts harder. Even though so-called ‘hardship’ clauses are perfectly valid and enforceable under Belgian law, hardship is not generally accepted as a principle of Belgian contract

2020-03-14T11:52:21+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Handelsrecht|Tags: , |

Is my cancellation clause robust? (Altius)

Authors: Fauve Bex, Charlotte Vermeersch and Alexander Hansebout (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 Service providers generally provide for a cancellation clause in their contracts or general conditions. During the coronavirus crisis such clauses are now being tested. So, are such clauses enforceable? In a B2B relationship, the parties are free to agree on the

2020-03-14T11:48:33+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Handelsrecht|Tags: , |

Coronavirus – Can my bank suspend or terminate my credit lines? What to do? (Altius)

Author: Banking & Finance team (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 Balancing between your bank taking purely business considerations or being reasonable. We advise being proactive and approaching your bank. The Coronavirus is unfortunately a human tragedy that is affecting thousands of people on all continents. It has also a very serious

2020-03-14T11:14:52+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Financieel recht|Tags: , |