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Two-Stage Exclusion Clause - Transparency Requirement
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

BAG dated December 3, 2019, 9 AZR 44/19 In this ruling, the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) once again specifies the requirements for limitation periods in employment contracts according to the laws of general terms and conditions...

Extraordinary Termination of a Severely Disabled Person by the Employer
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

As a rule, an extraordinary notice of termination can be given to a severely disabled employee within one week of receiving the approval of the Integration Office. BAG, ruling dated February 27, 2020, 2 AZR 390/19 Employers may give an extraordinary and immediate notice of termination to a severely disabled employee even after the expiry of the two-week period applicable to extraordinary termination if the notice of termination is given immediately, i.e...

Arrival and Departure Times are also "Working Hours" - Federal Labor Court Strengthens Rights of Field Statt
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

BAG, ruling dated 18 March 2020, 5 AZR 36/19 FACTS OF THE CASE The plaintiff is employed as a service technician in the field service. The defendant company is bound by the collective bargaining agreements of the wholesale and foreign trade of Lower Saxony due to its membership in the employers' association. The plaintiff drives from his home to the first customer every working day and returns there from the last customer...

Dismissals During Short-Time Work
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

In the course of the Corona crisis, a large number of companies have introduced short-time work. Funded by statutory unemployment insurance, short-time work is an instrument of labour market policy and pursues the aim of preserving jobs. This does not mean, however, that dismissals during a period of short-time work are legally excluded. In particular, dismissals based on personal grounds and conduct that are not related to short-time work remain possible...

Use of the Corona-Warn-App in the Workplace
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On June 16, 2020 the German government released its Corona-Warn-App. There are some key points employers should be aware of concerning the app: NO OBLIGATION FOR EMPLOYEES TO USE THE APP ON THEIR PERSONAL SMARTPHONES An employer may be thinking about instructing its employees to install and use the Corona-Warn-App on their own devices to reduce the infection risk among its employees. That is not permitted...

Securities Regulators Demand Fair Disclosure of Consequences of the COVID-19-Pandemic from Issuers
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

Issuers need to make transparent the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their companies. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) emphasized the importance and obligation of timely and transparent disclosure of “high-quality information” in a recent statement issued on May 29, 2020. It recalled the corresponding obligation for issuers to report on important matters and encourages companies to comply with their disclosure obligations...

The Virtual General Meeting 2020: Selected Tips for Use in Practice
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On March 28, 2020, the Act on Measures in Corporate, Cooperative, Association, Foundation, and Home Ownership Law to Combat the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic (COVID-19 Act) entered into effect. Among other things, the COVID-19 Act provides for substantial facilitations for stock corporations to hold general meetings. The most important innovation for use in practice is the possibility of holding general meetings entirely virtually, i.e...

Accidents While in Home Office
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

Due to the current corona pandemic, many employers are enabling their employees to work from home. But what if the employee has an accident while working from home? In the event of accidents at the workplace, the statutory accident insurance generally applies...

Relaxation of the Working Hours Act - The Regulation on the Deviation from the Working Hours Act as a Result of the COVID-19 Enforcement (COVID-19 working hours regulation)
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On 7 April 2020, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Health, adopted the Covid-19 Working Hours Regulation (hereinafter referred to as the Working Hours Regulation), which allows exceptions to the Working Hours Act for a limited period of time from 10 April 2020. 1...

Social Package II (Changes to Short-Time Working Benefit)
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

In the context of the Corona crisis the German Federal Government has demonstrated that it is capable of acting quickly and pragmatically. The conditions for payment of short-time working benefit had already been adapted to the corona situation through past measures, and on May 14, 2020 the German parliament approved further changes through the Social Package II. The changes of relevance to employment law are set out briefly below...

Federal High Court: Non-Necessary Cookies Require Consent; Preselected Checkboxes are not Sufficient
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On 28 May 2020 the Federal High Court (Bundesgerichtshof (“BGH”) handed down its judgment in the Planet49 case after a long legal dispute (we have already reported in detail on the previous instances including the judgment of the European Court of Justice). The Federal High Court’s judgement contains a large number of important statements which can only be fully assessed once the written grounds are published...

Establishing an Economic Stabilization Fund for the Real Economy
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

By adopting the Act on the Establishment of the Economic Stabilization Fund of March 27, 2020, the German Parliament and the Federal Council established the Economic Stabilization Fund (“ESF”) as a special fund to stabilize the real economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Facilitations for Circular Resolutions in the Gmbh by the Covid Mitigation Act - Overview and Open Questions
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

The Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Civil, Insolvency and Criminal Procedure Law (“COVID-19 Act”) provides for the option of online general meetings (“virtual general meetings”) for AGs [stock corporations], which numerous small and large stock corporations, including DAX-listed corporations, are already frequently using...

Review Periods for Merger Control to be Temporarily Extended
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

On May 29, 2020, the “Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Competition Law” entered into force. It includes provisions for a one-off extension of the examination periods of the Federal Cartel Office in the context of merger control. This applies exclusively to the examination periods for merger control notifications received by the Federal Cartel Office between March 1 and May 31, 2020...

Drafting Contractual Force Majeure And Corona Clauses for the Post-Pandemic Period
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic distinctly reminds us that during their term, contracts may be exposed to influences beyond the parties’ control, which may unforeseeably complicate their performance or make it impossible. Examples include civil wars, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or pirate attacks on cargo ships...

Email Services are not Telecommunications Services
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

Email services can usually not be qualified as telecommunications services. These were the decisions of both the European Court of Justice (ECJ, judgment of June 13, 2019 – C-193/18) and the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (OVG Münster, judgment of February 5, 2020 – 13 A 17/16) in two recent judgments...

Voucher Instead of Refund: Federal Government Adopts Draft Bill for an Amendment in Event Contract Law
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

On April 8, 2020, the federal government adopted draft wording presented by the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection for a draft bill to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in event contract law in order to protect organizers of recreational events and operators of recreational facilities from considerable outflows of liquidity...

Coronavirus Pandemic: Actions by EU Member States
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The EU Commission has implemented a Temporary Framework for State aid measures and provided the Member States with a toolbox of instruments to support their companies in the crisis. Germany has implemented some of these instruments. The following article takes a look at instruments that have been notified by other Member States and are also of interest to Germany...

Overview of European Court Cases
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

In recent months, the European courts have again decided numerous cases on state aid law. The following cases deal with antitrust law claims for damages for granting authorities, the effects of changes to the legal basis in state aid proceedings and the access to files in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1049/2001 in state aid proceedings...

No Right of Access to Data from Backups?
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The Heidelberg Regional Court rejected an employee’s claim for access to information about the employer’s processing of his personal data insofar as this data is merely located in backup files of his email account. Restoring such data was said to represent disproportionate effort for the controller in this individual case (judgment of February 6, 2020 – 4 O 6/19)...

Dispute Resolution before State Courts and Arbitral Tribunals in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic with contact restrictions and travel bans also poses challenges for civil proceedings. In the future, the functionality in pandemic times could be the material factor for the choice between state courts and arbitral courts because flexibility and options for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are varying. State court proceedings Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, court deadlines must still be met...

Upcoming Changes to German Foreign Investment Control Regime
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

GERMAN GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO INCREASE HURDLES FOR ACQUIRING GERMAN COMPANIES IN STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT BUSINESS SECTORS On April 8, 2020, the German government adopted the draft bill of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs to amend the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz, AWG)...

Local Decisions in Corona Times
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

Even against the backdrop of the current COVID-19 pandemic (“corona”), cities, municipalities, and municipal associations need to continue to be efficient and, above all, capable of making decisions. This article provides an overview of the problems they are facing and offers some possible solutions.   Problem Numerous scheduled meetings have been canceled and remain suspended until further notice...

Virtual Works Council Work in the Corona Pandemic - A Legislative Solution in Sight
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

German Parliament - Rejects 19(11)581 After a mere ministerial declaration more than three weeks ago, the German Federal Government has now also intro-duced a draft of an act which is intended to put recent and future virtual works council decisions on a legal basis...

Personnel partnerships - cross-company personnel deployment for temporary support during the crisis
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

THE CURRENT STARTING SITUATION The spread of the corona virus is a considerable burden on the economy. Many companies in Germany are forced to reduce their business operations or even to close down completely or partially. In other sectors of the economy, such as food retailing or companies providing services of general interest, the increased demand for products or the increased demand can hardly be met...

 

 

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