Social elections calendar
Due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the social partners have reached an agreement at national level to suspend the social election procedure. The details of the suspension have yet to be settled by law. However, social elections are expected to take place in the fall of 2020. The exact dates are for the moment unknown, the concrete dates to be taken into consideration will be determined later by law.
With this tool you will discover soon which (adapted) key dates you have to comply with in order to organize the elections correctly.
Start of the preliminary procedure.
The employer decides on the technical business unit and the functions of the supervisory and managerial personnel.
Start of the period during which the candidates benefit from protection against dismissal.
Final date for appeal before the Employment Court against decisions X-35.
Final date for the Employment Court to judge about the appeal.
Bill-posting of the notice that announces: the date of the election, the determination of the TBU, the number of mandates in the Works Council and in the Committee for Prevention and Protection at Work, the provisional election lists, the lists with the middle and upper management, the data resulting from the election procedure, the person or service charged by the employer with sending or distributing the convocation letters, decision to vote electronically (if applicable).
Final date to protest (at company level) the notice posted on X.
Decision about the internal complaint on X+7.
Final date for appeal before the Employment Court against decisions X+14.
The electoral roll is final.
Final date to submit the candidate lists.
Bill-posting of the candidates lists by the employer (or electronic notification)/ Appointment of the chairmen of the electoral offices.
Possible change of/or complaint against the candidate lists.
The complaint will be submitted to the trade unions by the employer.
Final date for appeal before the Employment Court by the employer in case of no complaint on X+47.
Final date change of candidate lists/ Appointment of all members of the electoral offices.
Bill-posting (modified) candidate lists/ Agreement on voting by postal ballot.
Bill-posting of the composition of the electoral offices.
Final date to appeal before the Employment Court against the (modified) candidate lists which gave rise to a complaint on ultimately X+47.
Final date for the Employment Court to take a decision on the appeal regarding the candidate lists insofar no complaint was filed.
Appointment of competent witnesses for the elections.
Final date for the Employment Court to take a decision on the appeal against the (modified) candidate lists in case of a complaint on ultimately X+47.
Final date to replace candidates.
Final closing of the candidate lists and drawing up of ballots.
Possible termination of the election procedure.
Convocation of the voters.
Final date for the convocation of the voters.
Date of the social elections.
Closing of the voting process.
Bill-posting of the results of the social elections and composition of the Works Council and/or the Committee for prevention and protection at work.
Final date to appeal before the Employment Court requesting the (partial) nullity of the social elections or the decision to terminate the procedure or a request to amend the election results.
Until this day the employer must keep all documents that were used to conduct the social elections.
Final date for the first meeting of the Works Council and/or the Committee for prevention and protection at work.
Decision of the Employment Court regarding Y+15.
Final date to appeal before the Employment Appeal Court.
Removal of all bill-posted notices.
Final date for the Employment Appeal Court to decide on the appeal.
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