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
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
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.
The last few months saw legislative progress in two areas: temporary agency work and company pensions.
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
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
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
We have recently updated our multi-jurisdictional guide discussing potential employee issues in business transfers (first published in October 2013). The second edition reflects the law as at February 2015. The guide is a quick reference tool covering the key legal … Continue reading
Germany: Need for review of terms with subcontractors and service providers in light of potential minimum wage liability
As of January 2015, a statutory minimum wage has been implemented in Germany. According to the new German legislation, companies can also be liable for violations of the minimum wage by subcontractors and service providers.
In December 2014, the German government adopted a legislative draft which provides for a quota for women on supervisory boards and certain management positions, applicable as of 2016. The draft will now be considered by the German parliament but is likely … Continue reading