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06.07.2018
Freitag

New questionnaire published by German Data Protection Authority

With a press release of 29 June 2018, the local Data Protection Authority (DPA) of Niedersachsen has published a questionnaire. The questionnaire has recently been sent to 20 large and 30 mid-sized companies of various industry sectors which are located in the German state of Niedersachsen. The local DPA has pointed out that they will not send the questionnaire to small companies such as carpenters or bakeries. The intent is to get an overview of the status of GDPR preparation and compliance in the various companies. At this point in time, the focus is not to find as many mistakes as possible and to award fines. The plan is to support companies, make them more aware of the GDPR and give advice. In case of serious breaches, however, there will be fines awarded nevertheless. Ganzen Artikel lesen

22.06.2018
Freitag

Germany: The perfect restructuring (part 3: balance of interests agreement)

Germany
The third of a series on ‘the perfect restructuring’ in an employment law context, this article provides recommendations from a German perspective for conducting negotiations with the works council to reach a balance of interests agreement prior to and during the conciliation board phase of a restructuring. Ganzen Artikel lesen

08.06.2018
Freitag

Germany: The perfect restructuring (part 2: kick-off with works council)

Germany
The second in a series on ‘the perfect restructuring’ in an employment law context, this article examines best practice for handling the kick-off with the works council for a business restructure from a German perspective. Ganzen Artikel lesen

05.01.2018
Freitag
Ius Laboris Germany - KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht

Germany: The perfect restructuring (part 1)

Germany
When it comes to restructuring projects, companies often face a range of challenges. These include numerous factors that may directly or indirectly trigger employment law consequences. The perfect restructuring succeeds and begins in (allegedly) prosperous times and not when signs already point to a crisis. In this series of articles, we will examine the strategic and employment law aspects of restructuring. Part 1 deals with the business context, the different phases of restructuring and some core elements of the preparation and planning phase. Ganzen Artikel lesen

25.08.2017
Freitag
Ius Laboris Germany - KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht

Germany: Pay Transparency Act – Does it work?

Pay Transparency Act
Germany has introduced the Pay Transparency Act which came into force on 6 July. The Act is intended to reduce the gender pay gap, but whether it turns out to be a “bureaucratic monster” as some predict, or a “breakthrough for fair pay for women”, as the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is calling it, remains to be seen. Ganzen Artikel lesen

16.06.2017
Freitag

Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and USA: Dress code and appearance policies

Dresscode
Personal dress and appearance is a common way individuals express their personality, including their political and religious views. Unfortunately, the personal choices individuals make in attire, hairstyle and other personal appearance factors may collide with workplace rules, creating conflicts.  Ganzen Artikel lesen

26.05.2017
Freitag

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – countdown of one more year

EU GDPR
Die EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung – noch ein Jahr bis zur Anwendbarkeit - bi-lingual posting / zweisprachiger Beitrag - The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become applicable throughout the European Union on 25.05.2018, with additional national legislation. By then, companies need to be compliant. The German Bundesrat has recently passed the new Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, which will adapt the European Regulation into national German law. This means that now there is full clarity about the wording of the new law. Ganzen Artikel lesen

11.11.2016
Freitag

Sexual harassment: How must employers in Europe respond?

More than half the women surveyed by the TUC earlier this year said that they had been sexually harassed at work, with most admitting they had not reported it. But British women are not the only ones to be subjected to unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate jokes and comments, or groping in the workplace. In Australia, for example, research suggests that the rate of sexual harassment has increased by over 12 per cent since 2011, while figures from the United Nations have shown that between 40 and 50 per cent of women in EU countries have been affected. Ganzen Artikel lesen

22.09.2016
Donnerstag

Call for German-style system in the UK on pregnancy and maternity discrimination

The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee recently highlighted a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination, with the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs almost doubling since 2005. Although such discrimination is already unlawful, the select committee has called for German-style employment rights which go much further to protect women in these circumstances. The committee has also called for a big reduction in fees for making tribunal claims, a longer period to make claims and increased protection for casual, agency and zero-hours workers, saying that the UK government’s approach had so far lacked “urgency and bite”. Ganzen Artikel lesen