Category Archive: Government/Politics

Minimum wage from 2015

The lower house of the German Parliament (Bundestag) has approved the nationwide minimum hourly wage of EUR 8.50 (GBP 7.11, USD 11,55) to start on 01 January 2015. The consent of the upper house (Bundesrat) for the bill to become law is still required but it is to be expected that the Bundesrat will approve …

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Update on women’s quota on supervisory boards

The ministries of justice and family have now submitted a draft bill regarding a gender quota on supervisory boards to the other ministries for internal consultation. The ministries assume that approximately 3,500 companies will be affected by this law. The draft provides that, starting with the elections in 2016, at least 30% of the board …

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New Directive on Supplementary Pension Rights in Force 20 May 2014: Do German Employers Need to Take Action?

On 15 April 2014, the European Parliament issued a Directive improving the protection of supplementary pension rights (i.e. rights under occupational pension schemes – so-called ‘second-pillar’ pension schemes linked to an employment relationship) for mobile workers. The new rules help to remove current obstacles to free movement, such as the requirement for very long periods …

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Greater enforcement of posted workers’ rights

The European Parliament intends to strengthen the rights of workers posted temporarily to provide services abroad.  On April 16th 2014 the EU Parliament voted for draft legislation aimed at improving the rules of the 1996 directive on the working conditions of posted workers. In particular, the new law shall avoid the circumvention of employee protection …

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German cabinet has endorsed a draft bill to introduce a nationwide minimum wage: More money for 3.7 million people

As part of the coalition agreement, the parties of the joint administration under the lead of Chancellor Angela Merkel planned to introduce a minimum hourly wage of EUR 8.50 (GBP 7.11; USD 11.55) (see our post dated December 20, 2013).  On April 2, 2014, the German cabinet endorsed a draft bill to introduce a nationwide …

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You can’t have everything – no changes regarding intra-group agency work

The Government specifies the planned amendments of the Regulating Commercial Agency Work Act (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz). According to the Government’s response to a parliamentary question (kleine Anfrage) put by the Group of the Greens (Die Grünen) the government does not plan any special regulations for the agency work within affiliated group companies (konzerninterne Arbeitnehmerüberlassung). In the Government’s …

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EU lifts restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers: good or bad news for the German labour market?

As of January 1, 2014, Romanians and Bulgarians have been granted the right to take up work in any of the European Union`s 28 countries. This lifting of work restrictions has prompted widespread fears of an “invasion” onto the employment markets of some of the EU member states, including Germany. In Germany, the Christian Social …

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