Monthly Archive: October 2016

News concerning mass dismissal procedure

On 9 June 2016 the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) decided that incorrect information to the Works Council with regard to a planned mass dismissal can be healed by a final statement of the Works Council (docket number: 5 AZR 405/15).   After deciding to close the business down, the Works Council was informed about the …

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Equal Pay Act – A prospect

The coalition committee set the outline for an Equal Pay Act on 6 October 2016, thereby affirming that the current gender pay gap between men and women is no longer acceptable. Moreover, the Equal Pay Act should support families with a low income. According to official statistics the wages of female employees are currently about …

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Investigations by a Detective create (not only) Data Privacy Issues

The Higher Labour Court of Baden-Württemberg (Landesarbeitsgericht Baden-Württemberg, docket number 4 Sa 61/15) decided on 4 July 2016 that the employer´s instruction of a private detective to investigate its suspicion of unlawful behaviour of its employee infringed German data privacy rules. The detective´s findings must not be used as evidence of the employee´s breach of …

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Mass Dismissals

German Federal Labour Court, dated September 22, 2016, docket number 2 AZR 276/16 A decision of the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) on 22 September 2016 considered that the employer may stop the consultation procedure with the Works Council about mass dismissals if the Works Council did not show willingness to negotiate measures to avoid …

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Background checks aka pre-employment screenings in Germany

Many companies refuse to settle for the information provided by the applicant on job applications and in personal interviews. So-called background checks (also known as “pre-employment screenings”) therefore enjoy great popularity among employers in the US and the UK as a measure to investigate the potential employee’s background. This screening may be conducted by the …

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A fixed-term employment contract without justification following a previous home-working contract is valid

On 24 August 2016 the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, docket number 7 AZR 342/14) has decided that an employment contract can be limited to a fixed term of two years without any justification even in the event that the employee had worked as a home-worker for the same company prior to the fixed-term employment. In …

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Employer versus heirs: liability for holiday entitlements

The Higher Labour Court Cologne (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG) ruled on 14 September 2016 (docket number 8 Sa 324/16) that holiday entitlements do not extinguish if the employment relationship ends by reason of the worker’s death. The heirs can claim all outstanding leave benefits not depending on whether the claim for allowance in lieu existed at the …

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Termination dispute about sympathy card with the words “you are next”…

The Higher Labour Court Hamm (Landesarbeitsgericht Hamm, docket number 7 TaBV 45/16) had to decide whether a member of the works council, with a seniority of 20 years, can be terminated for good cause with immediate effect. The reason for the termination was the allegation that a member of the works council wrote “for you …

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