GÖRG Employment Tracker, 12/2023

Cologne, December 2023

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With our Employment Tracker we regularly look into the "future of labour law" for you! At the beginning of each month we present the most important decisions expected for the month from the Federal Labour Court (BAG) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as other courts. We report on the results in the issue of the following month. In addition, we point out upcoming milestones in legislative initiatives by politicians, so that you know today what you can expect tomorrow.

This time in focus:

Recent decisions

  • Questioning the evidentiary value of a disability certificate in the event of a violation of the Incapacity for Work Directive
  • Effectiveness of a fixed-term employment contract without material basis - Requirements for compliance with the written form requirement in the event of a subsequent change to the fixed term

Upcoming decisions

  • Crediting of granted vacation in dual employment relationship in the event of invalid notice of termination
  • Calculating statutory leave entitlement for zeroed-out short-time and incapacity for work
  • De facto employment relationship under Sec. 9, 10 of the German Temporary Employment Act (AÜG) - Illegality of the group privilege under Sec. 1 (3) No. 2 AÜG under European law
  • Replacement of the Works Council's Consent to the Hiring of an Employee - Informing the works council by means of electronic access to an applicant database
  • Entitlement to continued payment of wages - Evidentiary value of a certificate of incapacity in the case of daily incapacity during the notice period
  • Extraordinary dismissal for feigning inability to be vaccinated
  • Notification of Mass Dismissals - Invalidity of Dismissal as a Sanction for Violations of the Obligation under Sec. 17(1), (3) of the German Unfair Dismissals Act (KSchG)

Legislative initiatives, important notifications & applications

  • Package of measures adopted to improve labour market integration
  • Government draft on new regulation of works council remuneration
  • Draft of a law to amend the Evidence Act
  • Cabinet adopts 4th Minimum Wage Adjustment Ordinance

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