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A language on its own

German reference letters require special attention to detail, in particular with regard to the appropriate language. As a common understanding about the meaning of certain terms has developed, reference letters contain coded evaluations about the employee’s performance. In a brand new judgment, the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) has ruled that an employer who states …

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The perils of using emoticons in references ☺

An employer has been reprimanded for signing a positive reference with a “grumpy face” emoticon, and should have used a “smiley face” instead, according to the Regional Labour Court of Kiel (Arbeitsgericht Kiel – docket number: 5 Ca 80 b/13).   The plaintiff was employed by the defendant as an occupational therapist.  After the plaintiff’s employment …

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Works council membership: Not so secret?

 The established case-law that an employee’s membership of a works council cannot be mentioned in a reference given on termination of employment may be open to challenge.  The Higher Labour Court (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG) Cologne ruled on December 6, 2012 (docket number – 7 Sa 583/12) that under certain circumstances, there is an exception to the established …

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