Paid annual leave days in Germany have been the subject of several decisions by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the recent past. The Luxembourg judges regularly opposed the previous case law of the Federal Labor Court regarding paid annual leave days. In the past, this concerned, among other things, the forfeiture provisions in the Federal Paid Leave Act. The ECJ – and subsequently also the Federal Labor Court – consider the employer to be under an obligation to inform employees about existing paid annual leave entitlements as well as their forfeiture and to request that they be claimed (we reported). Only then is there any forfeiture at all. In three recent decisions, the ECJ has once again comprehensively dealt with the employer’s obligations in connection with paid annual leave entitlements.
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|Ogletree Deakins is one of the first law firms with a global reach that exclusively does labor and employment law. With nearly 900 employment law experts at 53 locations in the USA, Mexico, Canada and Europe, we exclusively advise employers on all aspects of labor and employment law – practice-oriented, holistic and at the highest professional level.
We operate internationally: Where Ogletree Deakins does not yet have its own office, we have a network of tried and tested local partners and can thus offer reliable legal support from a single source in all labor and employment matters worldwide. We attach great importance to solid, individual advice with clear, practical recommendations for action. We pride ourselves on excellent client service, fast response times and transparent costs.
The success of Ogletree Deakins is based on the fact that each of our locations knows the local employment law particularities very well. This enables us to combine our specific expertise in individual countries with the global approach of a company, especially when it comes to international personnel issues. Our clients can be sure that we can call on the right expert wherever they need employment law advice.
We advise employers of all sizes, from start-ups and medium-sized companies to established global players and the public sector on all issues relating to collective and individual labor and employment law. Our clients include board members, managing directors and executives.
With a large number of our clients, we maintain long-term, trusting client relationships and support them in all questions of individual and collective labor law. Other clients approach us specifically when a concrete project needs to be carried out successfully once again. If in the event of a dispute, an amicable settlement cannot be reached, we will represent you during labor court proceedings at all instances throughout Germany.
Ogletree Deakins Berlin provides a seamless global labor and employment law service due to internal and external cooperation with our colleagues around the world. Our multilingual team offers expert advice in English and French as well as in German.
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Both internationally and nationally, our firm is proactive in recruiting, hiring, promoting and engaging people from diverse cultural backgrounds, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin and disabilities.
We believe in recognizing, valuing and embracing individual values and differences within our firm and in our work environment.