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Sophie Berg

Partner
Lawyer

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Belgium
Languages French, Dutch, English, Swedish

Sophie practices various aspects of labour law and social security law (counselling as well as litigation).

In addition to assisting clients on day-to-day human resources issues (employment contracts, transactions, individual dismissals), Sophie has developed a broad experience in collective employment issues such as national and cross-border transfers of undertakings, business reorganisations and collective dismissals.

She regularly advises clients on their policies with regards to well-being at work, work regulations and working duration.

Sophie also carries out legal audits.

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"Sophie Berg provides ‘commercial and spot-on advice’"

Legal 500, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Advising a leading newspaper distributor on the reorganisation of the company, including closing a department and collective dismissal
  • Advising various companies on the introduction of new work organisation systems, in particular work duration and flexibility (e.g. the introduction of 24h/7 day working schedules in a company active in the food sector)
  • Assisting a bank group with the transfer and integration of employees within the scope of C.B.A. 32bis
  • Advising a European cement industry group on the social aspects connected to the restructuring of its business
  • Assisting various international groups on the social aspects of a cross-border merger
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Education

  • 2004 - University of Louvain, UCL (Law Degree)
  • 2005 - University of Ghent, RUG (Master European Law)
  • 2005 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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Lectures list

  • Seminar “Alcool et drogues dans l’entreprise”, October 2009 and March 2010: Business Professional-training  
  • "Les aspect sociaux de la loi relative à la continuité des entreprises" within the framework of the seminar "La loi relative à la continuité des entreprises : une réalité utile pour les entreprises dans le contexte actuel de la crise", (Chamber of commerce and of industry of Belgian Luxembourg), October 2009
  • Internal seminars on the transfer of undertakings under Belgian law
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16/03/2018
March 2018 News­let­ter
16/04/2018
The le­gis­lat­or in­tro­duces an ob­lig­a­tion of con­sulta­tion on dis­con­nec­tion...
As work­ers are in­creas­ingly con­nec­ted, in­clud­ing out­side nor­mal work­ing hours, blur­ring the line between work and home life, the le­gis­lat­or has in­tro­duced art­icles 15 to 17 of the Act of 26 March 2018 re­gard­ing the strength­en­ing of eco­nom­ic growth and so­cial.
February 2018
CMS Guide to Pen­sions
Key is­sues re­lated to pen­sions schemes across CMS jur­is­dic­tions...
11/04/2018
Short­er no­tice peri­ods for early part of em­ploy­ment con­tracts
The Act of 26 March 2018 re­gard­ing the strength­en­ing of eco­nom­ic growth and so­cial co­he­sion was pub­lished in the Bel­gian of­fi­cial journ­al on 30 March 2018. This Act mod­i­fies no­tice peri­ods for ter­min­a­tion of an em­ploy­ment con­tract by the em­ploy­er dur­ing the.
28/06/2017
June 2017 News­let­ter
12/03/2018
Re­gistered mail can now be sent on­line through a qual­i­fied trust ser­vice...
Al­though there has been elec­tron­ic re­gistered mail since 2016, there have not been any re­cog­nized qual­i­fied trust ser­vice pro­viders in Bel­gi­um. Now the com­pany IT Con­nect Solu­tions has been re­cog­nized by the Bel­gian au­thor­it­ies as a qual­i­fied trust ser­vice.
27/04/2017
April 2017 News­let­ter
26/01/2018
Non-Re­cur­ring Res­ult-tied Be­ne­fits ex­cluded in Col­lect­ive Dis­missal...
Since 1 Janu­ary 2008, em­ploy­ers can grant their em­ploy­ees a "Non-re­cur­ring res­ult-tied be­ne­fit" (“NR­RB”): a bo­nus based on the col­lect­ive res­ults of the com­pany, of the cor­por­ate group, or of a well-defined group of em­ploy­ees.
11/04/2017
CMS has as­sisted Chaussea in the ac­quis­i­tion of sev­er­al...
01/12/2017
Flexi-jobs: no longer just for the Hore­ca sec­tor!
The law of 16 Novem­ber 2015 in­sti­tuted a new form of em­ploy­ment. Em­ploy­ees who already have a prin­cip­al oc­cu­pa­tion with one or more em­ploy­er(s) of at least 4/5 work­ing days a week may  take up a com­ple­ment­ary job with an­oth­er em­ploy­er, i.
28/02/2017
Feb­ru­ary 2017 News­let­ter
01/12/2017
E-com­merce to­wards flex­ib­il­ity!
In Bel­gi­um, night work, i. e. work un­der­taken between 8pm and 6am, is pro­hib­ited. The le­gis­lat­or can, nev­er­the­less, stip­u­late ex­cep­tions to this pro­hib­i­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment, e-com­merce activ­it­ies on Bel­gian ter­rit­ory are un­der tre­mend­ous pres­sure.