Tag Archive: operational practice

Ins and Outs of Bonus and Commission Payments – Part I

Employers may grant their employees bonuses in addition to fixed basic salary for a variety of reasons, for example, to reward performance, loyalty to the company or just as a Christmas gratuity. In this context different questions arise. This two-part post addresses the most common questions regarding bonus and commission payments.    What are the …

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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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