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New judgment on voluntary benefit clauses in standard term employment contracts

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • Germany
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  • October 13 2008

The Federal Labour Court has recently clarified its position regarding the drafting of standard employment contracts for voluntary benefits

New rights for works councils

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • Germany
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  • October 30 2008

German companies are currently coming to terms with new legislation that places obligations on them in the event of a change in control of the business

Violation of a works council’s right of codetermination and the fruit of the poisonous tree

  • Jones Day
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  • Germany
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  • November 6 2008

In a December 13, 2007, decision, the Federal Labor Court opined on how to treat information that an employer had obtained illegally as part of a wrongful-termination action

“Spying” on employees in the workplacenot without the works council’s intervention

  • Jones Day
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  • Germany
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  • November 6 2008

The extent to which an employer may monitor employees using electronic technology has received a great deal of attention, whether such monitoring involves reviewing employees’ emails, monitoring employees’ telephone calls, or using recording devices to engage in employee surveillance

Carers gain new rights

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • Germany
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  • October 30 2008

On 1 July 2008 Germany introduced new legislation giving employees with caring responsibilities the right to take time off work to look after close relatives

A works council’s right of codetermination with respect to an Ethics Code of Conduct

  • Jones Day
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  • Germany
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  • November 6 2008

Corporate adoption of Ethics Codes of Conduct has become increasingly common over the years

Pensions issues in European mergers and acquisitions

  • Jones Day
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  • Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, USA
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  • November 28 2007

Pensions-related issues have long been a major concern in M&A transactions in the United States

German employees may share in business profits

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • Germany
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  • December 4 2007

Whilst Germany’s two main political parties the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) - both agree that employees should receive a share of business profits, they do not agree how this goal should be achieved

What is minimum?

  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
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  • Germany
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  • December 18 2007

The new German Postal minimum wage is 9.80 or $14.40 per hour in real American money

Snail mail - jobs fail

  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
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  • European Union, Germany
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  • December 18 2007

In our October 2007 issue, the Insider pointed out that the EU intends to end mail monopoly