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ALTIUS is one of the largest Belgian independent law firms, consisting of approximately 65 lawyers. Established in Brussels and Louvain-la-Neuve, we…
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 26 Aug 2021

Caudalie fine highlights procedural issues in competition infringement investigations

The Belgian Competition Authority recently fined cosmetics company Caudalie for imposing resale prices upon its distributors and limiting their active and passive sales. The decision casts some light on procedural issues that may more generally arise during a competition authority's investigation of a potential infringement and the setting up of the investigative file.
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 22 Jul 2021

Competition authority fines Caudalie for imposing resale prices and restricting active and passive sales

The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) recently imposed a €859,310 fine on three undertakings of the Caudalie group. The BCA qualified Caudalie's imposition of minimum prices and the limitation on active and passive sales on the group's distributors as hardcore restrictions of competition by object. The BCA found that these practices constituted a single and continuous infringement between......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 14 Jul 2021

Considerations for installing electric car charging stations in employees' homes

Following the Belgian government's announcement that all new company cars must be emission free by 2026, new tax incentives to boost the installation of electric charging stations are expected. It is also expected that electric charging stations for these vehicles will not only be installed on company premises but also in employee homes. Such installation provokes a number of practical issues......
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ALTIUS | 23 Jun 2021

The end of mandatory telework?

A new ministerial decree which includes new provisions regarding telework was recently published in the Belgian State Gazette. For now, telework remains compulsory and employers remain obliged to register their non-teleworkable positions with the National Social Security Office and to provide workers whose presence at the workplace is needed with a certificate confirming this fact. However,......
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ALTIUS | 20 May 2021

Creation of loco-regional hospital networks exempt from merger control rules

The new act of 29 March 2021 explicitly and generally exempts operations which create loco-regional hospital networks from the obligation to notify the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA). This new amendment might come as a surprise. It contradicts the BCA's July 2020 note, which reiterated that competition law rules concerning merger control fully apply to the creation of local hospital......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 19 May 2021

Creation of loco-regional hospital networks exempt from merger control rules

The new act of 29 March 2021 explicitly and generally exempts operations which create loco-regional hospital networks from the obligation to notify the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA). This new amendment might come as a surprise. It contradicts the BCA's July 2020 note, which reiterated that competition law rules concerning merger control fully apply to the creation of local hospital......
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ALTIUS | Belgium, European Union | 5 May 2021

Can Belgian companies use EU vaccine certificates?

To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU Commission is setting up a vaccine passport system (the so-called 'Digital Green Certificate') to enable European citizens to travel easily and safely within the European Union in Summer 2021. This article examines whether Belgian companies may also use these certificates for other purposes (eg, to authorise or prohibit access to private places depending......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 21 Apr 2021

Dos and don'ts for employers regarding COVID-19 vaccination

The government's vaccination campaign is now progressing well. Employers are eager to have a large number of their workers vaccinated to be able to work in a safe and healthy environment and resume business as usual. However, can employers force their workers to get vaccinated? Can they ask their workers to submit a vaccination certificate? Must they grant their workers paid leave of absence......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 14 Apr 2021

New monthly online COVID-19 telework registration obligation for employers from April 2021

As many employers either have not been or have been insufficiently respecting compulsory teleworking, the government has enhanced the monitoring of compulsory teleworking by introducing a new online registration obligation for employers. From April 2021, every employer must submit a monthly declaration via the National Social Security Office's online portal by the sixth calendar day of each......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 31 Mar 2021

Social inspection audits in construction sector: what to expect in 2021

The Social Information and Investigation Service (SIOD/SIRS) recently published its 2021 action plan revealing its strategy and top priorities for the year. Similar to recent years, the construction sector remains a target. This article summarises what employers can expect in 2021 and how they can prepare, based on the SIOD/SIRS checklist.
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