Social Security

The hazards when working from home

As more and more employees enjoy home office options, litigation with regard to work accidents suffered when working from home has also become more relevant. While statutory accident insurance coverage is triggered when working from home, this does not extend to non-work-related activities. In a recent judgment, the Munich social court held that an employee who works from home and injures himself on the way to the bathroom which is located on the ground floor and not closely connected to the space used as a home office, is not protected by the statutory accident insurance (judgment dated 4 July 2019, …

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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. Over the last decade, the number of mobile citizens, people living and/or working in another Member State, has almost doubled to reach 17 million in 2017. According to the Commission the European Labour Authority will help individuals, businesses and national administrations to get the most …

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Work certificates: Small change, big benefits

Until recently, on termination of employment, an employer was obliged to provide the departing employee with a work certificate (Arbeitsbescheinigung) to be presented to the employment agency. As work certificates are lengthy and can take some time to complete, this can create a major administrative burden for employers – which is often unnecessary as many employees do not apply for unemployment benefits. A welcome change to sec. 312 of the German Social Code III (Sozialgesetzbuch III, SGB III) saves employers’ time and money: Employers are now only required to complete work certificates on the request of an employee or the …

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