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Sophie Berg

Partner
Lawyer

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

Sophie is a partner in the Employment and Pensions department. She practices various aspects of labour and social security law (both contentious and non-contentious).

In addition to assisting clients in the day-to-day management of human resources (recruitment and redundancies, remuneration policies, working conditions and working time arrangements),  Sophie advises many national clients on complex transactions such as restructurings (reorganisation of activities and collective redundancies), social aspects following mergers and acquisitions (due diligence, disclosure or “information” and consultation, negotiation and harmonisation of working conditions, complementary measures following the acquisition, etc.) and social consultation.  Sophie has also dealt with numerous issues on privatisation or restructuring of public entities. Sophie has developed strong expertise in labour law aspects and social and parafiscal aspects of the collaborative economy.

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“Sophie Berg is very good – understands our business and is willing to go the extra mile to support us”

Legal 500, 2020

"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

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

  • S. Berg, G. de Sauvage, V. Frémat, J-F. Goffin, Continuïteit van ondernemingen, Artikelsgewijze commentaar bij Boek XX WER en CAO nr. 102, Antwerp, Intersentia, 2018, 540 pages.
  • « Je perçois un salaire fixe, augmenté de primes pour prestations le matin, le samedi et le dimanche, mon employeur doit-il octroyer ces primes pendant la période de salaire garanti ? », The law of July 3, 1978 on employment contracts, Trends, September 2014
  • « L’obligation de motiver: la porte ouverte à une recrudescence des procédures », Collective labor agreement 109 (CCT 109), Echo, February 2014
  • « Un employeur prévenu en vaut deux », Collective labor agreement 109 (CCT 109), Trends, February 2014
  • « Le projet de statut unique prévoit des mesures pour améliorer l’employabilité des personnes licenciées.  En quoi consistent-elles ? », The law « Single Status », Trends, January 2014
  • « La période d’essai va sans doute disparaître.  Vais-je encore pouvoir évaluer les nouveaux engagés et m’en séparer s’ils ne conviennent pas ?, The Single Status Bill, Trends, November 2013
  • « La suppression de la période d’essai », The Single Status Bill, Echo, October 2013
  • « Mon sous-traitant ne respecte pas ses obligations en matière de sécurité sociale, fiscale et de salariale.  Y-a-t-il un risque pour ma société ?, La responsabilité solidaire, Trends, September 2013
  • « Mon sous-traitant ne respecte pas ses obligations en matière de sécurité sociale, fiscale et de salariale.  Y-a-t-il un risque pour ma société ? », Le système de responsabilité solidaire, Trends, September 2013
  • « Conclure une convention de non-concurrence après la fin du contrat de travail est-il encore financièrement intéressant ? », Royal decree 21 December 2013, Trends, August 2013
  • « Remplir aujourd’hui les conditions d’accès au régime de chômage avec complément d’entreprise (anciennement « prépension ») mais plus demain : existe-t-il une solution pour maintenir les droits des salariés et la flexibilité de l’employeur ? », Trends, Royal decree 20 September 2012 and the Collective labor agreement 107 (CCT 107), May 2013
  • « Mon entreprise est transférée, quels sont mes droits ? », Collective labor agreement 32bis (CCT 32bis), Trends, April 2013
  • « Pourquoi un tel intérêt pour cette catégorie de la population ? » as part of « Europe stratégie 2020 », in Trends, April 2013 
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Lectures list

  • “Lockdown in practice: what is the concrete impact on the individual and collective labour relations?” ; webinar, April 2020.
  • “Licenciement des travailleurs – cas particulier des travailleurs protégés et des malades de longue durée”, Comeos seminar, March 2020
  • “Key employment considerations in the framework of the covid-19 pandemic”, webinar, March 2020
  • “Transfert conventionnel d’entreprise, transfert sous autorité de justice, changement d’employeur en cas de reprise d’actifs après faillite : aspects sociaux”, Training lunches, June 2016
  • “Les aspect sociaux de la loi relative à la continuité des entreprises »,dans le cadre du séminaire « La loi relative à la continuité des entreprises : une réalité utile pour les entreprises dans le contexte actuel de la crise”, (Chambre de commerce et d’industrie du Luxembourg belge), October 2009
  • Seminar “Alcool et drogues dans l’entreprise”, (Business Professional-training), October 2009 and March 2010
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