Recent news

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

Germany: Cannabis legalised

The Federal parliament has just agreed to legalise cannabis for recreational use …

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Germany: Employer wins case to use AI

One of the most unfortunate aspects of German labour law is the scope it gives works councils to block so many beneficial and innovatory actions by company management …

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Germany: Changes in bonus payments

The Baden-Württemberg State Labour Court has ruled that an employer may not unilaterally start paying out vacation and Christmas bonuses on a monthly basis, as this breaks with the well-established practice of paying them out in July and December …

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Germany: Discredited Works Council resolutions stand

What happens if a works council is found to have gained office through irregularities in the election process? According to the Saxon State Labour Court, this gives rise to the council election being “ineffective”, but not necessarily being void …

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Germany: Probationary dismissal unaffected by discriminatory remarks

The Bremen-Bremerhaven Labour Court has dismissed the claim of discrimination brought by a man who had been dismissed during his probationary period …

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Germany: Court steps in to declare what is operationally appropriate

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania State Labour Court has confirmed the judgement of a lower court which declared as unlawful the policy of a retail group which required that all branch managers operate on a full-time contractual basis …

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Germany: Run up to metal and electrical industry negotiations

It is likely that going will get particularly tough when sectoral negotiations begin during the second half of the year …

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Germany: Reducing red tape

The Federal Ministry of Justice has published a draft Bill on the relief of citizens, business and administration of bureaucracy …

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Germany: Dismissal for knife threat not legitimate

The Schleswig-Holstein State Labour Court has decided that the holding of a large fish filleting knife close to someone’s neck did not justify dismissal for threatening conduct …

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Germany: SAP latest company to commit to AI for business transformation

The ‘high tech’ company SAP has just announced that it plans to invest €2BN to integrate AI systems through its new “transformation programme” …

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Germany: Fixed-term contract validity

The Federal Labour Court (BAG) has agreed with lower courts that where a fixed-term agreement is concluded, then the critical date for it is when the contract ends …

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Germany: Instant dismissal for charging a hybrid car at work

The Duisburg Labour Court was recently called upon to determine the fairness of an immediate dismissal where it was found that an employee had plugged their hybrid car into a company electricity socket …

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Germany: Collectively negotiated wages rose by 5.6% last year

According to the Economic and Social Sciences Institute (WSI), although average pay levels rose by 5 …

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Germany: Only 30% of eligible parents receive child benefit supplement (KiZ)

The income support must be applied for by the parents concerned, although many fail to make applications because they are unaware of it …

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Germany: SMS message does not infringe right to disconnect

The saga of ‘the right to disconnect’ outside formal working hours rumbles on, even though it is directly at variance with the needs of multinational employers working across different times zones …

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