Introduction to Belgian Social Dialogue model (Nov 18, 2020):

Here is an invitation to a program designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the Belgian Social Dialogue model and a comparison with other models with which they are familiar.

  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, from 10 am until 11.30 am CET
  • In order to facilitate an interactive session, the number of participants will be limited to 12.

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From C/M/S Webinar June 24th and July 1st 2020



These 3 newsletters on Coronavirus are from Marco Sideri at Toffoletto Deluca – please note that the dates are important since the situation is developing.


Other notes and links

Friday March 27 – Covid-10 and Data Privacy

Hogan Lowell’s COVID resource center:  https://www.hoganlovells.com/en/knowledge/topic-centers/covid-19


From Rubén Agote Eguizábal‘s presentation here are links to updated information by Cuatrecasas for Spain. Also, in the employment blog on the webpage www.cuatrecasas.com you will find updated information and webinars in English, Spanish and German about employment law in COVID-19 crisis in Spain.

About the declaration of the Spanish State of Alarm, updated March 20th https://www.cuatrecasas.com/publications/legal_flash_state_of_alarm_in_spain_legal_consequences_for_businesses_march_2020.html

About the new Spanish Covid-19 Act 8/2020 (March 18thhttps://www.cuatrecasas.com/publications/legal_flash_impact_of_covid19_legislative_changes_royal_decreelaw_82020_legal_consequences_for_businesses.html

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From David Hopper, Lewis Silkin LLP: links circulated for the UK (these resources are updating regularly):

  1. on the UK Government’s new furlough scheme – https://www.lewissilkin.com/en/insights/furloughing-employees-what-does-it-mean-for-employers
  2. on general Q&As for employers – https://www.lewissilkin.com/en/insights/coronavirus-faqs-for-employers
  3. on UK data protection issues – https://www.lewissilkin.com/en/insights/covid-19-and-its-implications-for-data-protection-compliance

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Also from Chris Engels:

Coronavirus : Top tips for international employers

Impact Corona crisis on your social elections procedure: Advice from the National Labour Council

The consequences of Corona for your social elections procedure

Coronavirus – update: Procedure temporary unemployment for economic reasons for white-collar workers simplified : Extension of the force majeure regime

Coronavirus – update : Measures for employers

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Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen adds: there is still considerable risk for the employer, but at least the following requirements would have to be met in order not to trigger further risks:

  • Proper invitation to the constituent meeting of the SNB by the management as provided by law (section 12 para. 1 of the SEBG).
  • Technical implementation of the video conference in such a way that all SNB members (also from abroad) are connected simultaneously, all participants can hear each other’s statements and can react immediately (the possibility of a discussion or discourse must be guaranteed); translators must also be able to participate.
  • It must be a video conference and not just a telephone conference.
  • Each SNB member must explicitly agree to the meeting in the form of a video conference (this can also be done during the video conference).
  • It must be ensured that third parties cannot take note of the content of the SNB meeting (secured line, not ZOOM, Webex, skype!! )
  • It must also be ensured that SNB members from abroad can speak the language of the video conference.

The requirements are therefore relatively high. Whether this can be technically implemented at all, we do not know. 

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Joël Grangé from Flichy Grangé also shared this link to their website (in English), providing for a quick overview of what employers and workers in France need to know about Covid-19, with links to the documentation: https://www.flichygrange.com/coronavirus-in-a-flash.htm

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From the Economist magazine: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/03/24/the-coronavirus-crisis-thrusts-corporate-hr-chiefs-into-the-spotlight? 

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