Recent news

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

Germany: Labour costs in the Q1 2019 up 2.5% on the Q1 of 2018

According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), over the year to Q1 2019, hourly labour costs increased by 2 …

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Germany: Automaker Opel to cut workers’ hours and pay

The carmaker PSA Opel is considering the introduction of short-time working at its Russelsheim headquarters …

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Germany: Law on internal investigations

The absence in many jurisdictions of any consistent body of law concerning the conduct of internal investigations in a company through independent attorneys can lead to much complexity when cross-border investigations are required …

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Germany: 50 billion euros stimulus plan as contingency for deep recession

A huge fiscal stimulus package of up to 50 billion euros (US$55 billion) has been set aside by the German government to help alleviate the next recession …

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Germany: Deliveroo says goodbye to Germany

An illustration of how quickly an international company can abandon operations in a particular country was well illustrated earlier this month when Deliveroo’s 1100 administrative and delivery staff were informed that the company would cease trading in less than a week …

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Germany: Calculating GDP

The Head of the Federal Statistical Office, Dr …

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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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