Recent news

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

Germany: Rising proportions of pupils studying Spanish

Although there are 24 official languages in the EU, English was the most commonly studied foreign language at lower secondary level in 2012 …

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Germany: Different notice periods based on seniority are not discriminatory

The German Federal Labour Court (BAG) has held that the differentiation of termination notice periods depending on an employee’s continuous service, as provided for in article 622 of the Civil Code, is not discriminatory on the grounds of age …

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Germany: Ministry commissions report on potential anti-stress law

German labour minister, Andrea Nahles, has commissioned the Federal Institute for Health and Safety at Work to present a report on the viability of introducing an ‘anti-stress’ law in Germany …

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Germany: Court rules on dismissal for statements spread on social media

The German Federal Labour Court has had to consider for the first time whether an employee may be dismissed for spreading detrimental statements about their employer via social media …

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Germany: Remedying procedural errors in works council decisions

Germany’s Federal Labour Court (BAG) has recently relaxed the requirements regarding the validity of decisions taken at works council meetings …

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Germany: Labour taxation in the EU

In its latest ‘Taxation Trends in the European Union’ report, the European Commission has pointed out that labour taxes were the main source of tax revenue in 2012 in the majority of EU member states …

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Germany: Acceptance of an employment contract written in a foreign language

The German Federal Labour Court has held that an employee’s signature on an employment contract will be considered a valid acceptance of its terms, even if the contract is written in a language that the employee does not understand …

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Germany: Employers’ duty to review company pensions

A recent decision by the German Federal Labour Court confirms that employers have a reasonable amount of discretion as regards increasing company pensions …

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Germany: Education not providing the necessary skills for employment

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, 73% of EU citizens agree that their education and training has provided them with the skills required to find a job that matches their qualifications …

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Germany: Education not providing the necessary skills for employment

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, 73% of EU citizens agree that their education and training has provided them with the skills required to find a job that matches their qualifications …

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Germany: Right to annual leave during sabbatical

The Federal Labour Court of Germany (BAG) has recently ruled on the issue of annual leave entitlements during periods of unpaid leave …

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Germany: Low sickness rates keep labour costs down

Hourly labour costs in Germany increased by just 1 …

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Germany: Pension overhaul approved

On May 23rd 2014, German lawmakers approved a pension reform that will see the age of retirement gradually raised from 65 to 67 …

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Germany: Harmonisation of protection for permanent and temporary workers advised

In its latest Economic Survey of Germany, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has suggested that Germany take measures to improve its labour market by addressing the split between employees on permanent employment contracts and those on temporary contracts …

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Germany: Bonus clauses in employment contracts

In a recent case, the German Federal Labour Court has ruled that a bonus clause that ties payment of the bonus to the condition of continued employment on a particular date is invalid if the bonus has the character of remuneration that has already been earned …

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