Recent news

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

Germany: Pay gap between women and men at 21% in 2017

According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), in 2017 the average gross hourly earnings of women (16 …

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Germany: Mere suspicion does not justify immediate dismissal

The Lower Saxony Labour Court has ruled that the mere suspicion that an employee may be involved in terrorist activity does not justify their immediate dismissal …

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Germany: Act of defiance or effective waiver of rights?

The Federal Labour Court has found that where a former employer fails to compensate a former employee in line with a contractual post-compete obligation either party may revoke the post-compete restrictions imposed upon them (10AZR 392/17 [31/01/18]) …

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Germany: Real prepares for a new approach to a collective agreement

A major hypermarket brand within the Metro wholesale and retail group – Real – has decided to leave the Association of German Retailers (HDE) and join the Business Association for Work Conditions in Retail and Service Companies (AHD) …

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Germany: Is MD still employee?

In the past, a problem often arose when an employee was promoted to a Managing Director (MD) post …

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Germany: Employment law in the new coalition agreement

The new federal coalition government has published its plans for the next four years …

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Germany: Deutsche Telekom, Verdi reached agreement

The communications company Deutsche Post/DHL, in negotiations with the trade union Verdi, has offered a two-year wage deal for its 130,000 German employees …

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Germany: Deutsche Telekom to split T-Systems unit

The works council of the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary ‘T Systems’ are seeking to block the division of the business into two separately registered companies covering IT systems and consultancy services …

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Germany: VW’s German staff unconvinced of culture change

Reuters has reported that a survey carried out in December 2017 amongst 51,000 VW workers in Germany has found that two-thirds see no improvement in corporate culture since the diesel emissions scandal two and a half years ago …

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Germany: Government is considering remove employment protection rights from higher earning employees

The federal government is trying to establish some legislative enticements to lure UK financial companies to choose Frankfurt as their new European hub after Brexit …

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Germany: IG Metall/Suedwestmetall deal

One aspect of the recent IG Metall/Suedwestmetall deal was that employees with childcare difficulties or either sick or elderly relatives will be able to reduce their weekly hours from 35 to 28 for a period of up to two years …

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Germany: Lufthansa, union agree ground workers’ wages deal

A new collective wage agreement for approximately 28,000 ground employees has been concluded between Lufthansa and the Verdi trade union …

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Germany: Metal workers reach deal

A 27-month wage deal has just been concluded between the union IG Metall and Suedwestmettal Employers’ Federation …

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Germany: Trade union IG Metall fight for ‘Modern’ 28-hour workweek

The trade union IG Metall has announced that during the 2018 wage round they will be asking employers to increase average wage rates by 6% and introduce a 28-hour full-time week for a two-year period – with a minimum impact on pay …

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Germany: Unemployment falls to record low

The number of people in work rose by 1 …

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