Category Archive: Government/Politics

Minimum wage increase

The statutory minimum wage increases: to 9.19 euros on 1 January 2019 and to 9.35 euros per hour on 1 January 2020. This has been decided by the minimum wage commission. The increase is higher than expected. The minimum wage is currently 8.84 euros gross per hour. Every two years, the Minimum Wage Commission (which …

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Commission adopts proposals for a European Labour Authority

The European Commission is taking more concrete new initiatives to further deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights. More specifically, the Commission has presented its proposal for a European Labour Authority, as announced by President Juncker in 2017, as well as an initiative to ensure access to social protection for all workers and self-employed. …

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The Federal Constitutional Court reviews strike ban for civil servants

The Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) is currently dealing with four constitutional complaints by teachers who had been punished for participating in protests and warning strikes. A judgment is expected in several months (docket numbers: 2 BvR 1738/12, 2 BvR 1395/13, 2 BvR 1068/14, 2 BvR 646/15). Under current German law, civil servants are not allowed …

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New Act on Remuneration Transparency

Following up our blog post from December 19, 2016 where we reported about a legislative proposal to promote equal pay between women and men, the Remuneration Transparency Act has now entered into force. Arguing that women still earn 7 % less than men even if statistics account for women frequently working part-time, less often climbing …

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New legislation on Act on Part-Time Work and Fixed-Term Employment postponed

In the course of assembling a parliamentary majority after the 2013 federal elections in Germany, the CDU and SPD parties agreed in their coalition agreement on adopting legislation on increasing flexibility for employees. One of the proposals provides for the employee’s right to return to full-time work after a fixed period of part-time work. As …

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Equal Pay Act – A prospect

The coalition committee set the outline for an Equal Pay Act on 6 October 2016, thereby affirming that the current gender pay gap between men and women is no longer acceptable. Moreover, the Equal Pay Act should support families with a low income. According to official statistics the wages of female employees are currently about …

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EU Council adopted Trade-Secret-Directive

The Trade-Secret-Directive was a long time in the making. On 27 May 2016 the EU Council unanimously adopted the Directive on “Trade Secrets”. The Directive’s aim is to protect organisations within EU member states from misappropriation of “trade secrets” and also seeks to harmonize the diverging national laws of the Member States. What is a …

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Good news for company lawyers

On 1 January 2016, the law on reforming the rights of company lawyers (Syndikusrechtsanwälte) came into force. The reform will enable company lawyers to remain in the lawyer’s occupational pension insurance (Versorgungswerk), ie entitle them to be exempted from the statutory pension scheme. By this law, the legislator has corrected the decision of the Federal …

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Gender quota in boardrooms from 2016

At the beginning of this month, German lawmakers passed a law requiring companies to give 30 per cent of seats on a supervisory board to women as of next year. It is intended to increase this quota to 50% from 2018 onwards. The new rules apply to listed companies with a co-determined supervisory board, ie …

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The person you have called is not available…

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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