Jurisdiction: Germany

UK: Gender Pay Gap – The government’s reporting website so far

Employers currently engaged in preparing their gender pay gap reports may be interested to view the gender pay gap data uploaded onto the government website so far – at the time of writing, twelve employers have done so. Only the … Continue reading

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Europe: Statutory holiday pay claims- EU Advocate-General publishes opinion on workers denied paid holiday

The ECJ Advocate-General has given his opinion in King v The Sash Window Workshop that employers must make ‘adequate facilities’ (eg, contractual rights or administrative procedures) available to workers in order that they can take annual leave. If those facilities … Continue reading

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Germany: Act to Promote Transparency of Pay Structures (Entgelttransparenzgesetz)

On 30 March 2017 the German Parliament (Bundestag) passed the Act to Promote Transparency of Pay Structures (Entgelttransparenzgesetz). The objective of this act is an achievement of the pay equity between men and women, who perform the same work or … Continue reading

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Updated HSF multi-jurisdictional guide to employee issues in business transfers

Employment law issues rarely determine the strategy for a multi-jurisdictional business acquisition, but they can certainly give rise to significant avoidable costs and delay if issues are not spotted in advance. In the Herbert Smith Freehills 2016 global survey, 57% … Continue reading

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Germany: New legislation for temporary agency workers

Effective 1 April 2017, the legislator has made several amendments to the German Act on Temporary Work (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungesetz). The changes have been awaited for quite some time now and bring several amendments and clarifications of high relevance to all companies … Continue reading

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Germany: Changes to maternity rights

Recently, the German Federal Cabinet approved the draft law which provides for new regulations on maternity protection. The reform will become effective as from 1 January 2017.

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Germany: Reforms to temporary agency work law and company pensions

The last few months saw legislative progress in two areas: temporary agency work and company pensions.

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UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia … Continue reading

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Germany: Facilitated entry for asylum seekers to the German employment market

In the light of increased numbers of refugees seeking asylum in Germany, legal acts have been issued over the last few years to facilitate entry into the German employment market and to reduce administrative hurdles for employers, especially when it … Continue reading

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Germany: Ongoing efforts by authorities to prevent ‘false self-employment’

For decades German companies have been engaging freelancers instead of or in addition to regular employees to achieve more flexibility, save social contributions and avoid bureaucratic burdens. While in many cases this practice is neither illegal nor illegitimate, social security … Continue reading

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