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Introduction to German Labour Law

Special seminar for expatriate managers working in Germany


  • Principles of German Employment Law

    • The role of employment law within the legal system in Germany

    • The hierarchy of German employment law

  • Individual Labour Law

    • Discrimination-free recruitment process

    • The basis of any employment and the employment contract

    • Employee or freelance worker?

    • The specific situation of agency workers

    • Fixed term employment

    • Rights and duties of employees and employer

    • Supervisor’s right to give directions: empowerment and delegation

    • Disciplining process

    • Termination process: notice period, authorization, letter of reference

  • Rights and Obligations Ensuing from the Employment Relationship

    • Anti-discrimination legislation and jurisprudence

    • Part time employment

    • Working hours as per collective agreement and hours of work act

    • Holiday entitlement and holiday schedule as per Federal Vacation Act

    • Data protection, data security and monitoring: internet and email use by employees

    • Employee issues during the course of the due diligence exercise

    • Maternity leave and parental leave

    • Nursing care

  •  works council law

    • Betriebsrat involvement: role, tasks and rights of the works council

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