Category Archive: Termination

Employees exempted from their duties are allowed to take part in a corporate event

On 22 June 2017 (docket number 8 CA 5233/16) the labour court in Cologne found that an employee is allowed to take part in company outings and events although he is on garden leave. The employee and subsequently plaintiff had been working for the employer, an association that operates retirement homes, for almost three decades. …

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Inadmissible evidence through installation of a keylogger

Using a software keylogger may not always be much help in supporting a termination for cause, as a recent case before the Federal Labour Court shows (judgment dated 27 July 2017, docket number 2 AZR 681/16). The employee had worked for the employer since 2011. When opening up its network, the company informed employees that …

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Competing activities during notice period can justify an immediate termination for cause

In its judgment dated 12 April 2017 (docket number 3 Sa 202/16), the Higher Regional Labour Court of Schleswig Holstein found that activities for a competitor during an employee’s notice period may justify an immediate termination for cause. Under the employment contract, the employee had committed not to hold any shares of a company in …

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Special case of termination protection: Third parties’ pressure to terminate an employee

The German right of termination is known to be quite strict. A reason for termination is always necessary. It is herefore surprising that such a reason exists even if third parties exert pressure on the employer to terminate the contract (“Druckkündigung”). The basics are presented below. By judgment of 15.12.2016 ( docket number 2 AZR …

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Ramadan – Impact on the employment relationship?

Ramadan is a challenge for both employers and employees alike, e.g. if employees do not perform as usual because of their daily fasting. The ever-changing period of the fasting month falls between 27 May and 24 June this year. For a month Muslims abstain from eating food between five o’clock in the morning and nine …

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Determination of a termination with change of terms of employment

By judgment of 1 January 2017 (BAG, docket number 2 AZR 68/16), the Federal Labour Court ruled that a contract offer communicated by a termination with change of terms of employment has to be as precise as possible so that the employee can readily accept the contract offer. The parties were in dispute about a …

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Leaving the workplace to take care of a sick dog can lead to termination

The Higher Labour Court Nuremberg (Landesarbeitsgericht Nürnberg, docket number 5 Sa 59/17) ruled on 21 July 2016, that leaving the workplace to take care of a sick dog can lead to termination. The Higher Labour Court confirmed the respective decision of the Labour Court Nürnberg (Arbeitsgericht). The defendant as an employer operates a pipe cleaning …

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Boon and bane of social media

Employers often encourage their employees to create social media profiles with platforms like XING or LinkedIn since they will also benefit from the marketing effects. However, using social media may also cause substantial internal conflicts. Such a conflict was recently subject to a ruling by the Regional Labor Court of Cologne (Landesarbeitsgericht Köln, LAG) on …

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An incapacitated employee should be given extended time to give a statement prior to a termination on spec

According to a decision of the state labour court of Berlin-Brandenburg, an employee must be given extended time to give a statement regarding a termination on spec, if they are unable to work due to ongoing sickness over a long period of time (docket number: 10 Sa 378/16). The severely disabled employee worked as an …

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Dismissal Protection Act not applicable to managing directors despite employee status

While recent EU law developments on the potential employee status of managing directors (cf. ECJ, June 9, 2015, docket no. C-229/14 – Balkaya) and decisions of the German Federal Labour Court regarding the procedural issue of giving managing directors access to the Labour Courts under certain circumstances have somewhat blurred the dividing lines between managing …

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