Tag Archive: company practice

No cake for company pensioner

The Labour Court Cologne (Arbeitsgericht, ArbG, Köln, November 24, 2016 – 11 Ca 3589/16) has dismissed the claim of several company pensioners against their former employer, a local food producer. The pensioners claimed a Christmas allowance in the amount of € 105 and a marzipan cake. The pensioners alleged that all company pensioners received those benefits …

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Sick is sick

The Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) ruled on 2 November 2016 (docket number: 10 AZR 596/15) that an employee who is incapable of work for health reasons does not need to come into the office for a personnel meeting requested by the employer. In this case the employer called the sick employee into the office twice …

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Fine feathers make fine birds

Many companies set up standards for work clothes. In these cases, it is a question of law whether changing into mandatory work clothes is part of the employees’ working time. According to the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG), the time required to change into work clothes at the work place counts as working time …

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EWC: Rules for communicating via company intranet confirmed

A European Works Council (EWC) may not communicate directly with employees using the employer’s intranet or email system. So decided the Labour Court Lorrach (docket number: 5 BV 7/12) in a case where the EWC of a multinational group with over 11,600 employees in Europe asked the company’s European central management to publish the EWC’s …

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Carnival season: Are employees entitled to paid time off to party?

Although the carnival season in Germany (also known as the “Fifth Season”) officially begins on 11 November, at 11:11 a.m., the celebrations usually take place between February and March.  The Fifth Season reaches its climax in the week before Ash Wednesday, with “Women’s Carnival” (Weiberfastnacht) on Thursday when women “cut off men’s ties” and Shrove Monday …

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There’s no such thing as free parking…

The Regional Labour Court of Baden-Württemberg (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG) ruled on January 13, 2014 (docket number: 1 Sa 17/13), that an employer was entitled to charge employees to use a newly constructed car park, even though the car park had previously been free of charge. In the case at point, until the rebuilding and partial new construction …

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