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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

    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

    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

    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
    10 June 2020
    Germany: Comprehensive changes in labour law due to the COVID-19 crisis

    A number of changes in the field of labour law have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: video conferencing is finding its way in German labour courts, parental benefits have been adjusted, short-time ...

  5. Legal news
    23 November 2020
    Germany: Working from home – The legal framework for the new normal

    Before the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, off-site forms of working such as telework, alternating telework and working from home (WFH) – were the exception rather than the rule for German employees.

  6. Legal news
    29 January 2019
    Brexit: No Deal! 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 ...

  7. Legal news
    10 June 2020
    Germany: Dynamic requirements for occupational safety and hygiene measures for employers

    Over the past weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed burdens on the personal and business life of individuals across the country. For some companies, the outbreak meant that the majority of their employees had to work ...

  8. Legal news
    19 March 2020
    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 ...

  9. Legal news
    28 January 2020
    Managing directors may be considered employees within the meaning of the German General Equal Treatment Act ("AGG")

    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).