Recent news

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

Germany: Overhaul of pension system

The German government is seeking to extend the popularity of company pensions to medium-sixed and smaller companies …

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Germany: New law allowing to extensively survey messenger services

The next time your computer system receives spyware the source could be legal – at least in Germany …

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Germany: Labour costs

Over the year to Q1 2017 hourly labour costs in Germany rose by 2 …

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Germany: Tesla Grhmann Automation

The company Grohmann Engineering was taken over by the US automaker Tesla last Autumn and renamed Tesla Grhmann Automation …

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Germany: Peer pressure

The online retailer Amazon has come up with a novel way to encourage their German workforce to turn up to work – peer pressure …

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Germany: Full face covering burqa and niqab

The lower house of the German federal parliament has given way to pressure from right wing populist parties by passing a ban on the wearing of the full face covering burqa and niqab by civil servants, judges and the military …

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Germany: Highway toll

The decision by the German government to start charging foreign drivers special tolls for driving on German roads is raising strong opposition from neighboring states …

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Germany: Transparency of remuneration act

Companies employing 200 or more people in Germany will soon have to comply with the Transparency of Remuneration Act …

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Germany: 2016 average gross hourly earnings gap

In 2016 the average gross hourly earnings of female employees in Germany were 21% lower than for male employees …

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Germany: Deutsche Bank bonus payment

Deutsche Bank has revealed that only 10% of its bankers and traders will receive a bonus payment this year – and that the payout will be spread over the next five years …

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Germany: Integration law

A new integration law has been passed by the Bavarian parliament aimed at dealing with the large influx of immigrants into the state …

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Germany: Target companies for DP checks

Data protection authorities in ten different German Lander (states) are currently undertaking a coordinated investigation into 500 large companies to determine how they handle data transfers to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) …

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Germany: New labour leasing rules

The latest draft Employee Leasing Act (“AÜG”) currently before Germany’s lower house of parliament (Budesrat) requires all temporary workers to be employed directly by the lender …

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Germany: Information about equal pay

The German coalition government has agreed to put forward legislation that would increase women workers’ rights to information about equal pay …

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Germany: Exploiting a loophole

Concern is growing in the German government about the number of company takeovers that are in the pipeline concerning Chinese enterprises, many of whom are state owned, or partly state-owned …

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