Recent news

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

Germany: Federal constitutional court revises case law on fixed-term contracts – What do you need to know

Back on the 5th of July 2018 we reported a decision of the Constitutional Court in respect to the hiring of fixed-term workers without “objective justification” where the employee had ever been employed by the company …

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Germany: New immigration law: What to expect

The coalition-partner Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed that new immigration legislation be put in place by the end of 2018 …

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Germany: Parental allowance paid to 1.76 million mothers and fathers in 2017

A quiet revolution is taking place in Germany where the birth rate had been falling for years – reaching less than 1 …

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Germany: OECD cites Germany over corporate bribery enforcement

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has criticised the German government for its low level of penalisation of companies involved in bribery convictions …

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Germany: Federal constitutional court revises case law on fixed-term contracts

The employment of employees on fixed-term contracts “without objective justification” has been thrown back into the dark ages by the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) …

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Germany: Minimum wage to raise to 9.35 euros in 2020

The Labor Minister,Hubertus Heil, has confirmed a recommendation from the Minimum Wage Commission …

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Germany: Continental bans WhatsApp and Snapchat from work phones

A ban on the use of messaging services WhatsApp and Snapchat on company mobiles has been introduced by the automotive supplier Continental AG …

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Germany: Advocate-General’s opinion may have significant implications for holiday law

Advocate-General Yves Bot presented his opinion on 29 May 2018 and has advised the European Court of Justice that the failure of an employee in Germany to request untaken holiday during the year should not result in it being lost at year end or no compensation paid for untaken holiday when an employee leaves their employer …

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Germany: Wage transparency blues

Claims under the Wage Transparency Act that came into force on January 1st have been conspicuous by their absence …

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Germany: Amazon announces over 2,000 new jobs

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer plans to increase its German headcount by a further 2000 this year …

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Germany: Berlin court bars Muslim teacher from wearing headscarf

Back in 2015 the German Constitutional Court found it unlawful to operate a blanket ban on teachers wearing headscarves …

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Germany: New family reunification plan for migrants

The Cabinet has agreed to a new family reunification plan for migrants …

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Germany: New federal law to allow class-action law suits

A new Federal law allowing class-action law suits will come into force on November 1st 2018 …

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Germany: Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets

The new coalition government has finally drawn up its Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets …

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Germany: New legislation on business pension schemes

The new German company pensions law (Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz) has removed company subsidiary liability from defined contribution schemes and made it more attractive for employers to offer this benefit …

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