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  1. Ministerial Draft Bill on Temporary Employment and Work Contracts

    A maximum assignment period of 18 months, the end of the "preventive license", the equal pay principle in mandatory form and the fight against ‘false’ contracts for work. The ministerial draft bill, now available, is turning screws on many levels. An initial overview.

  2. The EU Whistleblowing Directive - Watch out: The German Whistleblower Protection Act is in the starting blocks

    The first unofficial governmental draft of the German "Act for Better Protection of Whistleblowers and for the Implementation of the Directive on the Protection of Persons Reporting Breaches of Union Law", transposing the EU Whistleblowing Directive (so-called “Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz” - HinSchG for short) was recently circulated. It obliges companies to establish an internal whistleblower system. There is no time to lose here: Companies should become active at an early stage.

  3. Farewell parachute solution. Welcome contracting?

    Blog article by Dr. Sebastian Maiß

    As of the commencement of the amended German Temporary Employment Act (AÜG) on April 1, 2017, employers must be prepared for a number of changes in connection with the use of external personnel. 

  4. Linda von Hoegen

    Certified Employment Law Specialist

  5. The facility-based vaccination requirement does not affect me - or does it?!

    A general obligation to vaccinate against COVID-19 is being debated all over Germany, but it has already been set up in parts of the working world. As early as December 10, 2021, the legislature introduced the so-called facility-based vaccination obligation for employees in health and care professions through Section 20a of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

  6. Second attempt at reforming the temporary employment market

    No sooner had the second draft of the bill to reform the temporary employment market been released than divisions emerged in the coalition. The Bundesrat urges parties to reach accord.

  7. April showers bring May flowers?! - The draft law on the Works Councils Modernization Act

    Blog article by Lara Rücker and Julia Radau

    So now it is after all: The amendment to the rights and obligations of the works council partners, which was already intended last year by the draft bill of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for the Works Council Strengthening Act, has recently been forwarded to the Bundesrat "in a new guise" as a draft of the Federal Government for the Works Council Modernization Act. It is to be discussed there for the first time as early as May 07, 2021. Similarly, the draft is expected to be passed by the Bundestag in May.

  8. Stars and Lemons – the phenomenon of low performance

    Blog article by Dr. Sebastian Maiß

    The minimal performance levels by »low performers« can burden the employer economically and can lead to dissatisfaction within the workforce if other employees are left to perform the remaining work of the low performing colleague. But can an employer simply dismiss an employee for being a low performer? 

  9. 1G, 2G, 3G, 3G+ - A look back and forward at the pandemic hurdle race of employers and employees

    "SME association calls for 2G in the workplace." ticked it recently over the relevant news portals and also from the Ministries of Justice of the Federal States one hears visibly the demand to at least consider “2G” regulations in German enterprises, thus only allowing vaccinated (“Geimpft”) or recovered (Genesen”) employees to come to work. The association of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular justifies its approach primarily with the high administrative and financial hurdles that the current 3G regulations entail in companies as they have to constantly check on test certificates to monitor whether employees tested negative for Sars-CoV2 (“Getestet”). And the legislator is also already reacting: at least for employees in healthcare professions and professions that care for people in need of care and people with disabilities, a general vaccination obligation will apply from March 15, 2022.