Under German statutory law, the works council has a co-determination right when the employer introduces or amends technical devices designed to monitor the behavior or performance of the employees. Such right also extends to the use of regular Microsoft Excel sheets when they are used to document the employees’ presence times at work.
The right to strike includes the right of a trade union to address workers immediately before entering the workplace in order to persuade them to participate in the strike. Depending on the circumstances of the individual case, such an action may be permitted on a company car park in front of the company premises.
New German law regulation gives part-time employees a right to return to full-time work
The current statutory minimum wage of 8.84 Euros per hour will be raised to 9.19 Euros per hour from 1 January 2019. The minimum wage is generally applicable to all employees in all sectors of business.
A job advertisement by an ecclesiastical employer that requires a certain religious affiliation discriminates against nondenominational applicants, who can claim for damages as a result. Only churches may impose requirements related to religion when recruiting personnel.
An employee must not automatically lose his entitlement to paid annual leave because he has not applied for actually taking the leave in a timely manner. His entitlement is only lost if the employer can prove that he gave the employee the opportunity to take his leave during the applicable calendar year and that the employee voluntarily waived his leave despite this opportunity.
The heirs of a deceased employee are entitled to claim financial compensation for the employee’s untaken holidays from the employee’s former employer. German inheritance and employment law shall not be applied to the extent that it precludes such claim.
If the employer sends employees to work abroad for a limited period of time, he is obliged to pay the employee’s usual remuneration also for the time required for the outward and return journey. Generally, the travel time of an economy class flight to and from the employee’s destination is decisive for the length of the travel time to be remunerated.
The highest German labor court has ruled that an employee is not entitled to claim a lump sum for delay in the amount of 40 € from the employer in case of a delayed bonus payment.
The storage of video material from a lawful open video surveillance, which shows the commission of criminal offences by an employee, is not inappropriate due to the lapse of time. This applies as long as the employee can be prosecuted under labor law