Category Archive: Minimum Wage

Current case law of the Federal Labour Court on forfeiture periods

In June 2018, the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) dealt intensively with forfeiture periods. The judgments addressed: The date when the deadline starts to run (07 June 2018; docket number 8 AZR 96/17); The suspension due to settlement negotiations (20 June 2018; docket number 5 AZR 262/17); and The entitlement for statutory minimum wage during …

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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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Minimum wage also applies to public holidays and night work premiums

Remuneration on public holidays, as well as night work premiums, which are based on the actual hourly earnings must be calculated at least on the basis of the minimum wage. This is the result of a new judgment by the Federal Labour Court dated 20 September 2017 (docket number 10 AZR 171/16). In the case at hand, the …

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Demonstrating readiness to work every three minutes is unreasonable

On 10 August 2017 the Labour Court of Berlin stated that it is unreasonable to require a taxi driver to press a button at short intervals of time in order to control the employee’s readiness to work (judgement of the Berlin Labour Court dated 10 August 2017, docket number 41 Ca 12115/16). The employee works …

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Forfeiture clause was valid to prevent employee’s claim despite not excluding minimum wage entitlement

In a judgement of 9 May 2017 (docket number 7 Sa 560/16 ) the regional labour court of Nurnberg held that a forfeiture clause which did not exclude entitlement to minimum remuneration was not invalid. The forfeiture clause simply did not apply to claims for minimum remuneration. The parties had entered into an employment contract …

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Attendance premiums may set off minimum wage entitlement

Attendance premiums paid in addition to the hourly wage may be used to satisfy an employee’s minimum wage entitlement (judgment by the Higher Regional Labour Court Mecklenburg-Vorpommern dated 22 November 2016, docket number: 5 Sa 298/15). In the case at hand, the employee was entitled to a remuneration based on an hourly wage as well …

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Statutory minimum wage for on call times

The Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) decided on 29 June 2016 (5 AZR 716/15) that the statutory minimum wage must be paid for each hour of actual work. On call times during which the employee has to be available to start work if required at a place that is determined by the employer also count as …

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German Federal Minimum Wage to Increase by 4% in 2017

German Employees subject to the federal minimum wage are going to notice a significant increase in their hourly wages. The hourly minimum wage will rise from the current level of EUR 8.50 to EUR 8.84 as of 1 January 2017. This increase is equivalent to a 4% wage increase. The decision to raise the hourly …

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Holiday pay is not creditable against the statutory minimum wage

On 25 September 2015, the Higher Labour Court (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG) Berlin-Brandenburg (docket number: 8 Sa 677/15) was concerned with the question, whether holiday pay is creditable against the statutory minimum wage. However it ruled, that the holiday pay is not creditable against the statutory minimum wage without an effective change of the employment contract. Substantially …

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Statutory minimum wage does not constitute a reference point to establish the invalidity of a salary agreement

The Federal Labour Court (BAG) ruled on 18 November 2015 (docket number 5 AZR 814/14) that the comparative standard to render a salary agreement invalid is the common salary in the relevant economic sector and not the minimum wage. In the case at hand, the employee worked as a bus hostess on a school bus …

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