Given the current lockdown and the expectation that it will last for up to 8 to 12 weeks, the social partners have decided within the G10 group to suspend the social election process at X + 36 (being the day following the communication of the list of candidates to the employer but before the posting of said lists at X + 40).
So after the end of the so-called “occult period” of protection. Depending on the date chosen for the elections, X + 36 falls between 18-3 and 31-3-2020). All companies that have started the procedure must go to X + 35. However, the law has not yet been amended which means that today employers are still obliged to post the lists at X + 40 (between 22-3 and 4-4-2020). The national labour council gave its advice on 24-3 (n° 2.160) and the ministry confirmed that they are preparing the corrective legislation and it will be retroactive. The new date for the elections would be between 16 and 29-11-2020. More information to follow as this triggers various questions.
Following the decision of the Belgian government of April 24, 2020 to proceed to a progressive deconfinement in three phases, the ministerial decree (MD) of March 23, 2020 is modified by a MD of May 8, 2020 implementing the phase 1.b as from May 11. The changes can be summarized as follows (see also in the appendix an informal coordination highlighting the changes):By Christophe Delmarcelle