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EU Commission Approves Economic Stabilization Fund for Liquidity and Capital Support for the Real Economy
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 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 theEconomic Stabilization Fund(“ESF”) as a special fund to stabilize the real economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESF is intended to support German companies in the real economy suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing liquidity and capital support...

"Right to be Forgotten" - Search Engine Operators Must Comply with Requests to Delete Links to Personal Data
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, January 2019

The use of the Internet without the use of search engines, which list links to Internet pages after keywords have been entered, is almost unthinkable. In the context of the search results, however, websites may appear that contain personal data and thus fall within the scope of the GDPR...

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...

Ad Hoc Disclosure Obligations in Connection With the Corona Crisis
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

The consequences of the coronavirus are omnipresent and felt by everyone. Management Board members and Directors of issuers of securities listed on the open or regulated market are faced with the question whether ad hoc publicity obligations are arising for their companies in connection with the corona crisis. The abstract circumstance of the occurrence of a recession as a result of the spread of the coronavirus does not trigger an ad hoc disclosure obligation...

Age Limit - Postponing the Termination Date
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2019

Federal Labor Court, ruling of 19 December 2018 - 7 AZR 70/17 The provision of Sec. 41 p. 3 Social Code (SGB) VI allows employers and employees to postpone the termination of the employment relationship upon reaching the regular retirement age of the employee. According to a ruling of the German Federal Labor Court (BAG) of 19 December 2018 (Ref. 7 AZR 70/17), this regulation is compatible with higher-ranking law...

Agreement on The New EU Cybersecurity Act
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, December 2018

I. Introduction According to a Bitkom study from September 2018, German industry has incurred a total loss of 43 billion euros as a result of cyberattacks over the past two years. Seven out of ten industrial companies have been victims of such attacks during this period. At EU level, there has recently been a growing discussion on how to face this mounting danger...

Also a Task for Corporate Compliance: Violations of Curfews and Quarantine are Punishable
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brings to light penal and fine regulations that have hitherto led a shadowy existence. In particular, quarantine requirements and curfews and the punishability of violations thereof are currently under discussion. Companies and executives must also familiarize themselves with the provisions and official orders to avoid sanctions. Violations of curfews and requirements by authorities as well as quarantine violations are punishable by fines or even imprisonment...

Antitrust Law and Corona (COVID-19) - Unclear Signals from the Antitrust Authorities
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

In view of the current and imminent economic challenges, many companies are asking to what extent cooperation and concerted practices with competitors are able to ensure the supply of goods, thus cushioning the threat of an economic downturn. While the antitrust authorities have been keeping quiet on this issue for some time, several official statements have now been issued which we would like to comment on briefly below...

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...

Award Bans Due to Corona?
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

Ranging from toilet paper for public institutions to medical consumables for (public) hospitals to the absence of staff in public transport, corona already exhibits a massive impact on companies’ business activities. Supply chains are interrupted, employees are being quarantined. Even public contracts can either not be fulfilled at all, or not on time, or not in their entirety...

Berlin Data Protection Authority Criticizes Commissioned Data Processing Aspects of Microsoft Office 365
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

On July 3, 2020, Berlin’s commissioner for data protection and freedom of information published Advice on providers of videoconferencing services. This advice looked closely at the contractual terms and conditions of the providers Cisco, Google, Zoom, and Microsoft...

China’s Supreme Court: New Rules on Employment Law
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2013

On 31 January 2013, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) issued the Fourth Judicial Interpretation on Certain Issues Concerning the Application of Law in Cases Involving Labor Disputes (“SPC-Rules IV”) which came into effect on 1 February 2013. The SPC-Rules IV are based on the current employment laws and regulations and further detail several practice-relevant issues...

CJEU Judgment on the Facebook Like Button - A New Chapter of Joint Controllership
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2019

The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") published its long-awaited decision on the use of the Facebook Like-Button on July 29, 2019 (Case C-40/17). One major aspect of the judgment is the question to what extent Facebook and website operators who incorporate the Like-Button into their website are joint controllers under European data protection law. As a result, the CJEU affirms this question and takes a firm stand on the conditions for joint controllership...

CJEU: Pre-checked consent to the use of cookies is inadmissible
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, October 2019

On October 1, 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that pre-ticked boxes do not constitute a valid consent by web users prior to storing cookies on their devices (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. and Planet49 GmbH; Case C-673/17). The decision follows a challenge by the German Federation of the Consumer Organisations against the use of a pre-ticked checkbox which had, by default, consented to cookies on behalf of the user...

Clarification of "Joint Controllership" by the CJEU
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2018

Under Art. 26 GDPR, "joint controllers" must find an agreement on the data protection obligations between themselves. If they do not do so, they risk a fine pursuant to Art. 83 (4) GDPR. However, the question of when Joint Controllership applies is still a matter of dispute. REQUIREMENTS FOR A JOINT CONTROLLERSHIP Under Art. 26 (1) GDPR, where two or more Controllers jointly determine the purposes and means of processing, they must be classified as "Joint Controllers"...

Combating White Spots - Expansion of Mobile Networks
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2019

Anyone in Germany who wants to make calls outside the city is sometimes not able to do so due to the numerous "white spots" in the mobile network infrastructure. In most areas of Germany, a comprehensive infrastructure is not guaranteed. An expansion by the telecommunications companies (TC) is also not foreseeable in the next three years. Therefore, many municipalities and administrative districts want to eliminate these "white spots" on their own...

Consent for the Use of Cookies
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2019

Even before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, there were discussions as to whether the use of tracking cookies, which make it possible to analyze the usage and browsing behavior of a user on the Internet and use it for interest-based advertising, requires prior consent (opt-in) of the user or whether a dissent solution (opt-out) is sufficient. The German data protection authorities are of the opinion that users must give their consent...

Contractual Reference to a Collective Agreement
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

BAG, ruling dated May 13, 2020, 4 AZR 528/19 The employee's remuneration, referred to in an employment contract as "collectively agreed salary" is to be understood as a "dynamic reference clause". If a reference "to the collective agreements applicable for the Company" has been agreed upon in the employment contract, this reference is limited to the binding collective agreements applicable for the employer at the time the contract is concluded...

Corona and Commercial Leases
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

Current status: March, 26, 2020 The joint guidelines of the federal government and the German states of March 16, 2020 also provide for the closure of retail and wholesale stores and the partial closure of restaurants and food outlets. It is now at the latest that it becomes apparent how the COVID-19 pandemic will also have a direct impact on commercial lease law...

Corona and the Adoption of Annual and Consolidated Financial Statements, in Particular Relating to the Supervisory Board's Financial Statement Meeting
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

Current status: March 31, 2020 Increasingly far-reaching restrictions with respect to the COVID-19 virus also bring to light the issue of timely drafting, auditing, adoption, and publication of annual and consolidated financial statements, in particular for listed companies. This against the background that capital market-oriented companies, i.e...

Corona and Transport Law
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

In connection with the coronavirus, prices for transport services have increased, in some cases very considerably, such as when a reduction in freight space necessitates rebooking and rescheduling. Not everyone, and not even all commercial customers, may be aware of these price increases. It is also questionable whether corona-related additional costs may always be deemed usual remuneration (Section 632 German Civil Code)...

Corona Info: The Legislator Acts, Summarized For You
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The legislator acts - Special regulations on, among other things, deferral of claims, insolvency law, tenancy law and loan agreements in Germany to come. At the end of March, the German legislator adopted special regulations in response to the COVID 19 pandemic in fast-track proceedings. The law was passed by the German parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and, in a special session, also by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) on Friday, 27 March, 2020...

Corona on the Construction Site
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

The coronavirus has arrived in Germany. This is the central statement of the press conference held by Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 12, 2020. Ongoing construction projects are therefore also affected by the corona crisis, with considerable construction delays to be expected. Contractual provisions are usually lacking Contracts are reflecting the parties’ experiences and expectations. They provide for conceivable or expected circumstances, aiming to create legal certainty...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Contingency Plans at Credit and Financial Services Institutions Under Scrutiny
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

While the coronavirus continues to spread, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”) also published a document on the Minimum Requirements for Risk Management (“MaRisk”) for credit and financial services institutions on March 12, 2020, in which it addresses the issue of activities outside business premises and risk management in the trading sector from a regulatory perspective...

Coronavirus and Insurance Cover
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

The coronavirus is currently causing a lot of uproar. Many companies are reviewing their risks in case of infection or are trying to mitigate damage caused by canceled events and trade shows...

 

 

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