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Dr. Thomas Gennert focuses his practice on labor and employment law. He advises clients on the entire field of individual and collective employment law, data-privacy law and compliance, and employment-related litigation as well as employment-related matters in mergers and acquisition transactions. He also advises managing directors and corporate bodies on negotiation and termination of service agreements and liability related matters. Read Dr. Thomas Gennert's full bio.

Use of the Coronavirus Alert App in the Employment Relationship in Germany


By , and on Jul 30, 2020
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security

In Germany, a Corona Alert App has been deployed. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, it’s entirely up to the user to share the test result via the app. Employees are at liberty to use the app voluntarily on their personal devices, but employers cannot oblige employees to use it on a private or...

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SARS-COV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Standard in Germany


By on Apr 30, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany has introduced special occupational safety measures to protect the health of employees, restore economic activity and interrupt the chains of infection. On April 16, 2020, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesminister für Arbeit und Soziales) Hubertus Heil and the CEO of the German statutory accident insurance...

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German Employment Law Update | Holidays Without Borders? European Court of Justice Rules That Workers Cannot Automatically Lose Holiday Entitlement


By , , and on Dec 13, 2018
Posted In Employment

On November 6, 2018 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed judgment on two German cases (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften eV v Shimizu [C-684/16] and Kreuziger v Land Berlin [C-619/16]) concerning untaken paid annual leave entitlement. The ECJ ruled that accrued annual leave entitlements cannot be automatically forfeited if the worker does not place...

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Salary Payment in Tokens: German Labour Law Considerations


By , , and on Jul 10, 2018
Posted In Employment

More companies are considering paying their employees in tokens such as Bitcoin. The Japanese GMO group and the German Digitalmagazin t3n, for example, have announced that they plan to pay their employees in Bitcoin. This trend gives rise to the question: Are there restrictions under German employment law that companies must take into account? Access...

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German Statutory Minimum Wage May Include Vacation and Christmas Bonuses


By on Jul 5, 2016
Posted In Employment, Labor

On May 25, 2016, the German Federal Labor Court confirmed a decision of the State Labor Court Berlin-Brandenburg (reference number: 5 AZR 135/16) regarding the statutory minimum wage in Germany.  The German Federal Labor court confirmed that, under certain conditions, vacation and Christmas bonuses may also be considered when determining if an employer pays his...

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