Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Germany as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Germany: New German law on the Protection of Trade Secrets

After a long delay, the German law on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Gesetz zum Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen) has finally become law …

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Germany: Parliament voted ‘Yes’ to Second GDPR Implementation Act

A recent amendment to the German Federal Data Protection Act (“BDSG”), still to be approved by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat), has increased the company size threshold for companies requiring their own data protection officer (DPO) …

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Germany: Embassy in Armenia to no longer issue visas to the Netherlands starting in July

With effect from July 3rd 2019, the Embassy of Germany in Yerevan – the capital city of Armenia, will no longer accept applications for visas to travel to the Netherlands …

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Germany: Collective agreement of the bakery trade

The collective agreement of the bakery trade has now become binding with both immediate and retroactive effect, according to Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil …

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Germany: Cabinet approves reform of vocational training law

With effect from next year, trainees will be required to receive at least 515 euros (US$578) a month for their vocational training during the first year …

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Germany: Labour union Ver.di concluded their first nationwide collective agreement

Airport security members of the German labour union Ver …

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Germany: Seaport employees to see wages increase

Some 11,000 seaport employees will see an increase by 2 …

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Germany: No subsequent consultation of the Works Council on recruitment

Employers are reminded to carefully handle formal procedures relating to the operation of Works Councils in Germany …

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Germany: Gender pay gap remained unchanged at 21% in 2018

According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), in 2018, the average gross hourly pay for female workers was 17 …

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Germany: Introduction of bridge part-time work

A revision to the Part-Time and Fixed-Term Work Law is now in force …

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Germany: Employer’s obligation to pay a subsidy for company pension schemes

New deferred compensation agreements must be established if no agreements are already in place. Under the agreement an employer will contribute 15% of each employee’s salary to the pension provider running the company scheme. This entitles the employer to social security relief for the deferred sum paid into the scheme – although it does not entitle the employer to deduct the sum from the employee’s existing salary. [S1A BetrAVG]

Germany: Tax benefits for environmentally friendly employee mobility

Tax changes relating to employee expenses have come into effect this year …

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Germany: Brandenburg approves law to get more women in parliament

For once politicians are leading the way in putting gender equality into practice …

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Germany: When fixed-term employment in Germany is actually indefinite

The ongoing saga rolls on about whether previous employment with a company means that a subsequent hire on a fixed-term contract “without justification” (FTWJ) is actually permanent …

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Germany: Brexit would be devastating to Germany

In recent years, using a foreign company to trade with has become a common practice in Germany where bureaucracy and the need for substantial share capital can be very onerous when trying to set up a local company …

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