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  1. Legal news
    25 June 2019
    Federal Government draft bill planned for an Immigration of Skilled Workers Act, to promote the immigration of skilled workers from third countries
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/federal-government-draft-bill-planned-for-an-immigration-of-skilled-workers-act

    At present, the unemployment rate in Germany is at its lowest rate in decades. However, this positive development also poses a challenge of how to recruit a suitable number of skilled workers for the German labour ...

  2. Legal news
    25 June 2019
    New Law for the Protection of Trade Secrets in Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/new-law-for-the-protection-of-trade-secrets-in-germany

    The German Law for the Protection of Trade Secrets (Gesetz zum Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen, "GeschGehG") came into force on 26 April 2019, following considerable delay. This article details action points from an ...

  3. Legal news
    29 January 2019
    Works councils’ co-determination rights with respect to a company’s Twitter account
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/works-councils-co-determination-rights-with-respect-to-a-companys-twitter-account

    Sec. 87 I No. 6 grants works councils a right for co-determination with respect to the implementation and use of any technical devices that allow for monitoring of employees.

  4. Legal news
    29 January 2019
    Brexit: No Deal! Far-reaching impact on employment of British Citizens in Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/far-reaching-impact-on-employment-of-british-citizens-in-germany

    On 15 January 2019, the British House of Commons rejected the potential exit agreement with the EU by an overwhelming majority. 432 MPs voted against the exit agreement, while only 202 were in favour of the deal. For ...

  5. Legal news
    19 March 2020
    Managing HR-costs in Germany during the crisis – Short-time work
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/germany/managing-hr-costs-in-germany-during-the-crisis-short-time-work

    In Germany, short-time work is a common labour market instrument during a crisis in order to reduce liquidity shortages and preserve jobs. Short-time work compensation is granted by the government regardless of the ...

  6. Legal news
    28 January 2020
    Crowdworkers are not employees: the Munich regional labour court and the industry 4.0
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/germany/crowdworkers-are-not-employees-the-munich-regional-labour-court-and-the-industry

    In its decision of 4 December 2019, the Munich regional labour court decided that crowdworkers are not employees. At least not if, as in the case at hand, they have the option to decline orders and do not have the ...

  7. Legal news
    28 January 2020
    Managing directors may be considered employees within the meaning of the German General Equal Treatment Act ("AGG")
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/germany/managing-directors-may-be-considered-employees-within-the-meaning

    Non-shareholding managing directors may not be discriminated against on grounds of age or any other grounds under section 1 of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

  8. Legal news
    28 January 2020
    Employers may claim repayment in cases of false self-employment
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/germany/employers-may-claim-repayment-in-cases-of-false-self-employment

    A freelancer will usually receive a higher amount of compensation compared to an employee carrying out the same tasks. The German Federal Labour Court has now confirmed an employer's claim for repayment of such overpaid ...

  9. Legal news
    31 January 2020
    Frontline Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/global/frontline-germany-jan-20

    Frontline Germany - Employment Law Update