Recent news

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

Germany: Government opens labour market for skilled workers from non-EU countries

The Skilled Immigration Act (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz), which was adopted by the German Bundestag (national parliament) in June 2019, is expected come into force on March 1st 2020 …

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Germany: Application of exit tax

Those who move from Germany to Switzerland – where the move involves capital gains liabilities –  should now be able to take advantage of the opinion of the European Commission issued on 24 January 2019 concerning all EU transfers and the Wächtler decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ: 26th February 2019) …

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Germany: 1&1 hit with million-euro GDPR fine

The  Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) has imposed a €9 …

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Germany: Minimum salary level to increase

Effective January 1st, 2020, the minimum annual gross salary for EU Blue Card applicants in Germany will rise by 2 …

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Germany: Berlin declares International Women’s Day a public holiday

From next year, International Women’s Day (8th March) will become a regular public holiday in Berlin …

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Germany: Regional German bar ‘wins ban’ on contract platforms

A case brought by a German Bar Association against an online contract drafting service owned by the leading legal publishers Wolters Kluwer opens up the whole issue of automation of “professional” service provision …

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Germany: Reported cases of alleged sexual assault increased by 30%

Reported cases of alleged sexual assault in Germany have risen by 30% since the law changed three years ago …

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Germany: Sharp rise in the number of commuters

There has been a sharp rise in the number of commuters in recent years across many regions of Germany, such as Lower Saxony and Bremen …

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Germany: A push to prohibit all business on Sundays and holidays

The German Basic Law bans all shopping on Sundays, apart from four Sundays a year …

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Germany: Real gross monthly earnings rose by 3.0%

According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), over the year to Q2 2019, the real gross monthly earnings across Germany rose by 3 …

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Germany: Combat absenteeism

Employers could find a recent Frankfurt court ruling in the consumer field affecting their ability to combat absenteeism …

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Germany: Draft law to protect parcel delivery drivers

The German Cabinet has approved a draft law that places a strict obligation on companies operating in the logistics sector to require contractors and subcontractors to pay social security contributions …

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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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