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COVID-19 / Germany: Admissible measures and co-determination rights

The rapid spread of COVID-19 within Europe and the beginning of the pandemic have led many of our clients to consider how employees and, if necessary, customers can be protected against any further spread of the infection and which employment law related measures should they be taking. We have summarised and answered the main questions in a table below. This table is intended as guide for questions arising at short notice and represents the current legal opinion of our colleagues working in the field of German employment law.

Please note, however, that the current legal assessments, in particular with regard … Continue Reading

Germany: An Employer’s duties dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Q&A

COVID-19 is spreading across the world and companies everywhere are faced with its challenges. In circumstances where a COVID-19 case impacts your German workplace we recommend close coordination with the public health authority on how to proceed. In doing so – especially against a possible liability for illness or even death – it will show that you, as an employer, have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that you have protected your employees. For further guidance please check our Q&A list:

1. Can employees be forced to take unpaid leave or flexitime or to reduce their working hours?

There is … Continue Reading

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

The WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Vic) (the Bill) amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act), along with others including the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (Vic). The Bill has received its second reading in the Legislative Assembly and is listed for resumed debate on 24 May 2017.  If passed, the Part dealing with the OHS Act is intended (according to the explanatory memorandum) to come into operation on 1 July 2017 and the remaining provisions at least by 21 March 2018 (if not proclaimed).… Continue Reading

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