Category Archive: Legislation

Update on reforms of the Maternity Protection Act

Following up on one of our blog posts last May, the German Parliament approved reforms of the Maternity Protection Act on 30 March 2017. The reforms are, however, still subject to the approval of the German Federal Council. One of the key changes will be an extension of the scope of protection, as a result …

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New Law on Pay Transparency soon to be adopted by German Bundestag

At the beginning of this week (13 February 2017), the German government introduced the bill on pay transparency (which was adopted before by the cabinet on 11 January 2017) to the German Bundestag. The German federal assembly was asked beforehand for its opinion and did not raise any concerns. The draft bill will be debated …

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Revision of the Law on Temporary Work from 1 April 2017

The German Parliament (Bundestag), with the approval of the Federal Council (Bundesrat), has passed amendments to the “Law on Temporary Work”. The new rules will enter into force on 1 April 2017 and do not only have impact on leasing personnel but also on work and service contracts. The key changes introduced by the reform …

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Remuneration Transparency Act: A look ahead

The coalition committee set the outline for a Remuneration Transparency Act in October 2016, thereby affirming that the current gender pay gap between men and women is no longer acceptable. The Act is planned to come into force in summer 2017. The draft law expressly states that it aims to promote and enforce the equal …

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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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Exclusion Clauses: “Textual Form” to be Sufficient

Many employees are not adequately informed as to what a requirement for notification in “written form” encompasses. With regard to exclusion clauses, this lack of information can lead to an inability to exercise certain rights. Generally, exclusion clauses in employment contracts include provisions under which claims arising from the employment contract become void if they are …

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EU Council adopted Trade-Secret-Directive

The Trade-Secret-Directive was a long time in the making. On 27 May 2016 the EU Council unanimously adopted the Directive on “Trade Secrets”. The Directive’s aim is to protect organisations within EU member states from misappropriation of “trade secrets” and also seeks to harmonize the diverging national laws of the Member States. What is a …

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Revisions to the Maternity Protection Act

Recently, the German Federal Cabinet approved a draft law which will amend the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz). According to the coalition’s plans, the reform will come into force on 1 January 2017. The key changes are: Increase of the period of protection (during which women cannot work) after the birth of a child with disabilities …

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Update on Reform Regarding German Labour Leasing Laws

After the original legislative proposal made in November 2015 regarding reforms to the Labour Leasing Laws (please also see our Employment Blog contribution dated 10 December 2015) met massive resistance not only within the government but also by employers’ associations and German scholars and jurisprudence, the German Labour Ministry has now presented an amended legislative …

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