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Update Arbeitsrecht December 2022

From January 1, 2023, legislators will require all companies in Germany with at least 3,000 employees to assume greater responsibility for human rights and the environment along their supply chains. For employment lawyers and HR managers, the question is whether the new "Law on Corporate Due Diligence to Prevent Human Rights Violations in Supply Chains" (LkSG for short) has implications for employment law and - if so - which ones. In the focus article of the December issue of our Labor Law Update, you will get an overview of the most important labor law implications of the LkSG. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht September 2022

The legislator has given itself three years to transpose the European Working Conditions Directive into German law on August 1, 2022. Companies, on the other hand, have to react at extremely short notice and establish the numerous changes, especially in the Verification or Part-Time and Fixed-Term Employment Act, in a timely manner. A Herculean task for HR departments. In our focus article, we have therefore compiled what you absolutely need to know in an FAQ. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht Juni 2022

The German Federal Ministry of Justice recently presented a draft bill on the implementation of the EU Whistleblower Directive, after the implementation deadline of December 17, 2021 had passed. The draft implements the announcements made in the coalition agreement of the traffic light government. In our focus article, we give you a comprehensive overview of what is likely to come your way in the near future. But that's not all: the European Working Conditions Directive, which aims to provide uniform information to employees on the essential aspects of the employment relationship within the EU, must also be implemented by August 1, 2022. Accordingly, the German government has recently presented a draft bill that provides for changes to the Evidence Act in particular. In our blog section, we provide information on what employers must observe in the future and what specific need for action exists, particularly for employment contracts. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht März 2022

Digitization is making its way into the world of work at high speed. HR management also has to face many new challenges. Particularly exciting in this context are legal issues surrounding the key technology of "artificial intelligence (AI)". We devote our focus article in the current issue to this topic. Read about where AI can be used in HR and what legal risks exist, particularly in the areas of data protection, the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) and works constitution law. In our current overview of case law and legislation, we inform you about opportunities to employ Ukrainian refugees in Germany - a topic that is currently moving many companies. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht Dezember 2021

Despite the Corona crisis, the shortage of skilled workers in Germany is acute. A recent study by the Bertelsmann Foundation states that two-thirds of companies are already suffering from staff shortages. According to the study, the problem is greatest at the middle qualification level. And the situation will continue to worsen. That's why we've taken up the issue in our focus article. In a first rough overview, we give you suggestions on how to recruit more effectively, both at home and abroad. We also show you how you can retain your employees in the long term once you have successfully recruited them. And you will learn which recruitment and poaching methods are actually permitted. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht September 2021

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In the period from March to May 2022, all employees entitled to vote may elect their works council. But if you thought "the same procedure as every time", you should know that there will be some changes. For one thing, the Works Council Modernization Act, which recently came into force, provides for a number of simplifications in the election process. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht Juni 2021

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The entrepreneurial decision to spin off business units can have various reasons. In any case, labor law considerations are of considerable importance at an early stage. In our focus article, we highlight, for example, what you need to know with regard to the assignment of employees, the harmonization of working conditions and the co-determination of the works council. Our current blog posts are dedicated to the whole variety of labor law: For example, you will find numerous posts dealing with COVID-19 topics. One focus this time is on company vaccinations and testing. Closely related to this are questions about short-time work, such as how "short-time work zero" affects vacation entitlement. >more

Update Arbeitsrecht März 2021

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On May 14, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that employers are obliged to set up a system for recording daily effective working time. In Germany, employers have so far only been required to record working hours that exceed the standard working time of eight hours per day. There is therefore a need for action on the part of the legislator. A comprehensive new legal regulation is currently not in sight. Find out more about this in the attached update on the German labor law. >more

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