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 a request for holiday, and also applies to compensation claims at the termination of employment. These entitlements only cease if the employer has given workers ample opportunity to take the leave in question on time.
Volker Teigelkötter advises clients on the entire spectrum of German and European labor and employment law. Volker counsels clients on all types of staff-related measures in connection with reorganizations (e.g., redundancy programs, plant closures, relocations, outsourcing, collective dismissals), as well as on individual dismissals for various reasons (e.g., compelling business needs, misconduct, poor performance). This includes representing clients before labor courts and during negotiations with work councils and trade unions. In addition, Volker focuses on employment contracts for senior executives, as well as bonus and incentive schemes. Read Volker Teigelkötter's full bio.
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?