Newsletter 01-2016

Dear reader, please find herewith our Newsletter with the following content:

The new EU-legislation on Trade Marks
gets finalised

Since the recent publication of new EU-legislation, the EU Trade Mark is getting finalised since the start of the ongoing reforming plans in 2008.
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The tax authorities are not always
preferred creditors

Constitutional Court judged that tax authorities are always ordinary creditors in the WCO.
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Social elections are not a game!

Is offering a day off and a smartphone to all members of your personnel in case no candidates are presented for the social elections a good idea?
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The right to strike
and the gentlemen's agreement
between the industrial relation partners

The need for gentlemen's agreements vanishes away a soon as the parties concerned stop intentionally and wrongly mixing up the right to strike and the way of exercising that right.
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Peeters Advocaten-Avocats
to attend MIPIM 2016

Alain De Jonge will once again be attending MIPIM 2016, taking place from 15 till 18 March 2016 in Cannes, France.
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Disputes in the e-commerce landscape: additional obligations for e-commerce traders!

In order to boost confidence in online transactions the European Union (EU) provides an alternative online dispute resolution mechanism that enables consumers and traders to resolve disputes in a fast and efficient manner.
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A major victory before the Constitutional Court

On 3 February 2016, the Constitutional Court rendered an important judgment in the case of Delphine Boël against Jacques Boël and King Albert II.
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New "EU-US Privacy Shield" for the transfer of EU personal data to the US

Newly proposed “EU-US Privacy Shield” arrangement should provide an adequate level of protection for transfer of EU personal data to the US.
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Are we headed to a more SME-friendly regime as of 1 January 2016?

As of 1 January 2016, the thresholds for small enterprises have been raised and a new category of enterprises has been created: the micro-entity.
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News relating to the social elections :

X - 30

10 January 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016.
Starting date of the protection status of the candidates for the elections.
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Day X = Y - 90

9 February 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016.
Posting by the employer of the election date and data concerning the election proceedings.
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X + 7

16 February 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016.
Deadline for filing objections against the data posted on day X - final version of election data in the absence of any objections.
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X + 14

23 February 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016. Deadline for replying to objections filed on or before X + 7.
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X + 21

1 March 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016.
Deadline for filing an appeal before the employment tribunal against the replies communicated on or before X+14 - final version of the election data in the absence of any appeal.
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X + 28

8 March 2016 if the elections take place on 9 May 2016.
Deadline for the employment tribunal to decide on an appeal filed on or before X + 21 - final version of the election data on the date of the decision of the employment tribunal.
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