Modern technology enables employees to be tracked over time, across workplaces and their homes, through many different devices, such as smartphones, desktops, tablets and wearable devices. If there are inappropriate limits to the processing, and if it is not transparent, … Continue reading
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
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
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
In Germany, notice periods in cases of ordinary termination can be very long (eg, seven months to the end of a calendar month). Until expiry of the notice period, an employee is prohibited by law from carrying out competing activities. … 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
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
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