Recent news

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

Germany: Survey of employee representation (2020)

The Institute for Employment Research has just published results from its 2020 survey of employee representation …

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Germany: Federal government extends bridging aid until September 2021

Bridging Aid III to support companies affected by COVID-19 will be continued as “Bridging Aid III Plus” until 30th September 2021 …

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Germany: Termination without notice due to sexual harassment

The Labour Court in Cologne has found that a man who persistently pursued a female colleague and then forcibly kissed her outside her hotel room during a company retreat had been justifiably dismissed …

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Germany: The term “fagot” is punishable as a formal insult

What happens if a customer returns an item they purchased and your member of staff responds with insulting messages? Normally, such matters would not reach open court, but in Germany, they sometimes do …

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Germany: Role of the remuneration committee

Although company remuneration committees primarily focus on packages received by the management board members, they also have an important role in setting the often somewhat lower sums payable to Supervisor Board (SB) members …

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Germany: By 2030, jobs at Opel will be reduced by 50% compared to 2017

The successive mergers of Opel-Vauxhall, first with PSA Group and then, in January, with FIAT-Chrysler to form the Stellantis corporation has had a huge impact on headcount in the automotive sector …

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Germany: Daimler annual report 2020

Daimler’s newly published 2020 report includes a comprehensive account of its labour relations during the midst of the health crisis …

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Germany: NGG secures wage increase for 160,000 meat workers

A new collective wage agreement in the meat industry will raise 160,000 workers’ new minimum gross hourly wages from a current rate of €9 …

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Germany: Sectoral agreement in rubber industry

In the rubber industry, the trades union IG BCE has reached a sectoral agreement giving them direct access to the contact details of home workers …

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Germany: Regional Labor Court of Lower Saxony rejects ECJ ruling

For the last fifteen years, FedEE has been pressing for official recognition of Article 153 of the EU Treaty which precludes the EU from determining, directly or indirectly, the actual pay of workers …

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Germany: Fall on the way to the home office is not insured

What happens if an individual who is a home worker suffers an accident when on their way from their living quarters to their home office? Is it a workplace accident? According to the State Social Court of North Rhine–Westphalia, such an event was not covered by statutory accident insurance as it was not an “accident-insured route” to their place of work in accordance with Section 8 (2) No …

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Germany: Drunk driving – just cause for termination

If a professional driver is involved in an accident whilst above the legal blood alcohol limit then they may be summarily dismissed …

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Germany: Designation as “Ming vase” leads to termination

The Berlin Labour Court has authorized the dismissal of a department store saleswoman, even though she was a member of the works council and the council refused to give their consent to the dismissal …

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Germany: WCs law reform

A reform of the law relating to Works Councils (WCs) is being debated by the Bundestag (Parliament) …

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Germany: Tight entry restrictions (Covid-19)

There are currently tight entry restrictions on non-nationals/residents entering the country …

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