Tag Archive: public holidays

Minimum wage even for non-working time – a signal from the German Federal Labour Court

The new Minimum Wage Act (Mindestlohngesetz (MiLoG)) raises a number of questions including how to deal with lost working time due to public holidays, sick leave or annual leave. Does the employer need to pay the statutory minimum wage for such non-working time? It may take a while until the Federal Labour Court clarifies these …

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According to Sec. 9 para 1 of the Working Time Act, employees are not allowed to work on Sundays and public holidays. However, the law provides for a number of exceptions, for example for employees in emergency and rescue services and hospitals or the public transport sector but also in restaurants, theatres or other leisure …

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Holidays in spite of being six feet under?

The ECJ (European Court of Justice) ruled on 12 June 2014 (docket number C-118/13) that employers are liable for claims of unpaid holiday pay when a member of staff dies in service. The case, which was brought before the ECJ by a German court, concerned a widow who claimed she was owed around 140 days …

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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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