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Business trip to Germany: Visa required?

With international business on the rise, business trips of employees from non-EU countries to Germany are becoming more and more relevant. When planning such a business trip, a number of questions arise: Does the employee need a visa? If so, which kind – and how does she obtain it?
When planning the business trip of a foreign employee to Germany, employers should first seek to answer two key questions:
1. Is the foreign employee a “privileged” citizen?
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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.
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Germany: The perfect restructuring (part 3: balance of interests agreement)

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


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

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

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Germany: The perfect restructuring (part 1)

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

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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


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

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. 

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

Die EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung – noch ein Jahr bis zur Anwendbarkeit
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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


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