After several weeks of quasi-lockdown in Germany and immense public pressure to lift limitations imposed by COVID-19, more and more companies are starting to resume their activities. For some, this means increasing the number of employees who can again come in and work from a company office, rather than from their homes. For others, it

The current situation imposes many challenges on employers and employees alike. It also poses new questions on the co-operation process between employer and works council, and the latter’s co-determination. While nobody is questioning that the works council’s co-determination rights continue to apply, employers are often found wondering how best to consult the works council when

More than half a million businesses in Germany have implemented short-time work (Kurzarbeit). The temporary reduction of the regular working time allows companies to reduce their personnel costs while at the same time maintaining their workforce and avoiding layoffs. The gap in remuneration that the employees suffer is partially compensated by the Federal