Recent news

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

Germany: New entitlement to temporary reduction in working time

As we reported back in Mach 2018, the German cabinet had finally adopted a draft Bill for the modification of the Part-Time and Temporary Work Act …

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Germany: Class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen over diesel test scandal

A new federal law first reported in our Newswire last May has been introduced which allows class-action law suits before German courts …

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Germany: The level of productivity is falling

Although working time is rising, the level of productivity in Germany is falling …

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Germany: Persons in employment are 44 years on average

The ageing working population is clearly illustrated by the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) …

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Germany: Coalition agrees to relax immigration rules for non-EU citizens

A new law for easing access to employment by non-EU citizens has now been agreed as a move to offset labour shortages in the country …

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Germany: Minimum wage to be hiked to 9.19 euros per hour next year

With effect from the 1st of January 2019, the national minimum wage will be increased by 35 cents to 9 …

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Germany: Justice varies from place to place

A study by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law has found that the severity of sentencing by judges in Germany varies significantly by the region where the hearing takes place …

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Germany: Workers can now work a 28 hour week

In the 2018 German metal bargaining wage round a new facility was agreed to allow an employee to temporarily reduce weekly working time to below 28 hours a week for a period of 6-24 months, after which the hours will revert back to full-time …

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Germany: Labour court decision forcing employers to reexamine their employment contracts

Employers should take urgent steps to examine the wording of any forfeiture clauses in their employees’ employment contracts …

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Germany: The first employees to be covered by temporary employment change are now reaching its limit

Employers will recall that the law on temporary employment changed in April 2017, setting a maximum grace period of 18 consecutive months before they must either hire the worker or face a substantial penalty …

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Germany: Labour union representation

Last July the Federal Constitutional Court made a ruling that it recommended should materialise into a Federal labour law by the end of 2018 …

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Germany/UK: Deutsche Bank steps up plan to shift more UK assets after Brexit

The best way to get poor is to convince others that you are a lost cause …

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Germany: One in four higher education degrees was an engineering degree in 2017

According to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), over the year to 2017, the number of students obtaining a degree at German institutions of higher education increased by 2% between 2016 and 2017 to total 501,734 …

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Germany: The decline of collective bargaining in Bavaria

Lying to the south of the country Bavaria is Germany’s largest state, accounting for 20% of the country’s land area …

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Germany: Interior, Labour and Economy ministries have drawn up a joint proposal to eliminate foreign hiring restrictions

Although over a million refugees have entered Germany since 2015 few still have good German language skills or can prove their qualifications …

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