Arbeitsrecht. Weltweit.

19.04.2019
Freitag

Germany – Issuing notice of dismissal to substitute works council members – beware of the pitfalls

In Germany, when a substitute works council member is appointed to a works council to cover a regular member’s absence, the substitute member benefits from the additional protection against dismissal works council members enjoy. This article outlines the issues for employers to be aware of in considering terminating the employment of a substitute works council member. Ganzen Artikel lesen

11.04.2019
Donnerstag

Carpool für den Betriebsrat

Die mit Betriebsratsfortbildungen verbundenen Kosten sind ein häufiger Streitpunkt zwischen dem betroffenen Betriebsrat und dem Arbeitgeber. Das BAG (24.10.2018 – 7 ABR 23/17; http://juris.bundesarbeitsgericht.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bag&Art=en&nr=22007) hatte in einer aktuellen Entscheidung Gelegenheit eine weitere damit verbundene Frage zu klären. Danach ist es einem Betriebsratsmitglied grundsätzlich zumutbar, gemeinsam mit seinem ebenfalls an der Schulung teilnehmenden Kollegen eine Fahrgemeinschaft zu bilden. Schulungskosten als Kosten der Tätigkeit des Betriebsrats Nach § 40 Abs. 1 BetrVG hat der Arbeitgeber die Kosten...

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15.02.2019
Freitag

Germany – Introduction of a third gender and practical consequences for employers

Germany
From 22 December 2018, a third gender, described as ‘diverse’ has been created for civil status purposes in Germany. This article seeks to raise awareness of the issue for employers, sets out some follow-up daily labour law practice questions on the issue and gives suggestions on how employers should ensure they comply with the law in the future. Ganzen Artikel lesen

25.01.2019
Freitag
Ius Laboris Germany - KLIEMT.Arbeitsrecht

Germany: Employers tap into gig economy

Germany
In Germany, companies can employ freelancers or temporary workers if they do not wish to establish an employment relationship. The employment of part-time and fixed-term employees or work on call are additional options. Companies that participate in the gig economy make extensive use of these opportunities, but the gig economy isn't without legal risks. Ganzen Artikel lesen

14.12.2018
Freitag
Ius Laboris Germany - Julia Uznanski LL.B.

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?
2. Is it a business trip? Ganzen Artikel lesen

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.
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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