Termination without notice due to a WhatsApp message?

The Berlin District Court’s decision in the matter Renate Künast vs. Facebook shows once more that insults, slander, and defamations are a daily…

BTadvice 2019-Q3

Fixed-term employment without objective reasons – previous employment dating back a long time

“How long is very long?” For about one year, this has been the question for every employer wishing to employ a person, who has already worked for such…

BTadvice 2019-Q3

Works Council’s Disclosure Rights versus Employee’s Data Protection Rights

If a works council refers to their monitoring activities according to article 80 sec. 1 no. 1 German Works Constitution Act (BetrVG) and demands…

 Stephanie Breitenbach

The Federal Supreme Court has stopped discriminating dismissals of CEOs (managing directors)

CEOs represent the employer and are therefore not classified as employee and thus are not protected against discriminating dismissal – OR? Time and…

BTadvice 2019-Q3

Revised version: Globalization and digitalization have reached GoBD

By letter of July 11, 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium für Finanzen, “BMF”) published the revised version of the German…


Watch Out when Co-Working!

Inventions, Works and Trade Secrets in Co-Working Spaces

 Christine Ostwald

Latest News on the notification of collective redundancies - instant announcement of terminates possible

If an employer plans to lay-off more than a specified number of employees within 30 calendar days he is obliged to file an official notification with…

Labor Law

Employees with access to confidential information: What does the new German Trade Secrets Act (“GeschGehG”) mean for employers?

Employers are well advised to particularly protect their corporate know-how. The coming into effect of the new German Trade Secrets Act (“GeschGehG”)…


Update for the tax draft bill on RETT-Blocker avoidance

Article 19 (amendment of German Real Estate Transfer Tax Law) of the Federal Ministry of Finance’s current draft bill to provide further tax…

Labor Law

Never-ending leave entitlement?

“Consulting the law facilitates the finding of justice.” What sounds like a matter of course has no longer been applicable to vacation laws for some…