Recent news

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

Germany: Call for labour cartel

The German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) has been pressuring the federal government to implement the “Tariff Compliance Act” …

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Germany: Alternative to a Works Council

Companies that do not wish to be caught up in the entanglements of codetermination may wish to consider an alternative which has recently been introduced by the football team Hertha BSC Berlin …

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Germany: Pregnant job applicant entitled to claim discrimination

The Gera Labour Court in Thuringia has reinforced existing case law by declaring that a female job applicant did not deceive her future employer when she failed to declare her pregnancy at interview for a fixed-term contract …

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Germany: More pay for 6.7 million mini-jobbers in 2024

The mini-job income threshold is based on the minimum wage and a maximum working time of 10 hours per week (43 …

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Germany: Poor working conditions

The German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) has just published its latest annual survey results, which it presents as the ‘Good Work Index’ …

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Germany: Compensation rights under the GDPR

The Düsseldorf Regional Labour Court has confirmed that any individual who suffers from late and incomplete information according to subject access rights under Article 15 of the General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) is entitled to compensation, but only if they can prove that they truly suffered damage …

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Germany: Minimum pay (2024, 2025)

The statutory minimum hourly wage will be increased to €12 …

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Germany: Dissolution of a Works Council

The law governing the dissolution of a works council was put to the test in Schleswig-Holstein in August, following a complaint from the employer and a large cross-section of the workforce of a municipal transport company …

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Germany: No relaxation of conduct rules at seasonal company event

With the advent of the Christmas party season employers and employees need to be particularly vigilant about case law regarding indecent behaviour in the midst of the merrymaking …

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Germany: Adjustments to residence permits

The government has announced that it will automatically issue extended residence permits to foreign nationals who would otherwise be required to leave Germany from 1st March 2024, as long as they are enrolled in vocational training …

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Germany: How much detail needs to be given to Works Councils ahead of a dismissal?

Although there is an obligation on the part of the employer to inform the relevant works council about a decision to dismiss during a probationary period or the “waiting period” (up to six months service) this need not contain objective justification …

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Germany: Warning about protective clothing

The German Statutory Accident Insurance Association has reminded employers that at least class 2 high visibility clothing must be worn in dark or low visibility conditions …

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Germany: Employers may not lawfully block a Works Council meeting

The Düsseldorf Regional Labour Court (LAG) has made clear that an employer’s denial of a works council meeting – and threats against those seeking to attend it – are contrary to the Works Council Constitution Act …

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Germany: The 2023 Christmas bonus

85 …

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Germany: Employment data for the parcels delivery sector

The postal and parcels delivery sector made record sales of 64 …

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