Webinar: COVID-19: Reopening the Workplace in Germany

Since mid-May, the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation in Germany have been gradually relaxed. More and more employers re-open their offices and employees return from their home office to work at the employer’s premises. At the same time travel restrictions within Europe are gradually lifted and business travel will become possible again. These steps can be a challenge for employers who also need to safeguard the employees’ health and safety while being on work and prevent a spread of the virus at the workplace. In our webinar we will provide you with an overview over the new occupational health and safety standards from the Federal Department of Labor, EU-OSHA, the lifting of the German travel restrictions to be observed when returning to work, but also with aspects to be considered for employers who decide to expand the possibility to work from home in the future. Finally, we will also update you on the recent developments on governmental support related to your workforce.

COVID-19: Reduction of working hours, pay cuts and employment issues in Germany – Short-Time Work and other measures German employers can take to react to the current crisis

In our webinar we will answer the most important questions about the reduction of working hours and continued pay in connection with the COVID-19 crisis, which most companies are currently facing. This includes an overview over the possibilities of implementation of Short-Time work, probably the most important instrument for reducing personnel costs in the very short term. In addition, we will deal with questions concerning (un-) paid leave, pay cuts, vacation arrangements, alternative work options such as working from home and what happens if the authorities order quarantine or activity bans or employees are unable to work because they have to take care of their children.

COVID-19: Rescue Measures for a European Workforce

Many European countries have instituted emergency measures designed to save jobs and help employers maintain business continuity through the “war on COVID-19.” This webinar will address the various programs available in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, and how global organizations are able to access these programs to retain employees and recover costs. The speakers will also cover frequently asked questions related to furloughs, reduced schedules, temporary unemployment subsidies, use of accrued vacation time, and benefits issues, as well as recommended steps to effectively implement such measures while strengthening employee engagement during these difficult times.
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Webinar: Top Secret – The Protection of Trade secrets in the US and in Europe under the new European Directive

Developing and maintaining effective and efficient trade secret protection policies and practices can be challenging in our increasingly digitized world. The European Union’s Trade Secrets Directive, which all member countries were required to implement, is intended to protect against the unlawful obtaining, use, and disclosure of business secrets. In addition, a bill recently introduced in the German parliament would add new protections, including a narrowing of the definition of “trade secrets.”

Join this webinar as attorneys from our U.S., Berlin, Paris, and London offices provide an overview of recent developments and offer insight on what employers need to know about protecting their valuable trade secrets and intellectual property.

Topics will include the following:

• What constitutes a trade secret
• The interaction of European law with the United States’
Defend Trade Secrets Act and state laws
• The impact of developments on U.S. companies
operating in Europe
• How to prepare for coming changes
• Global trade secrets best practices

Webinar: A Global Perspective for U.S. Employers: Understanding Employment Laws in Germany and the U.K.

In today‘s global economy, international businesses need integrated solutions to a variety of global employment issues. Join attorneys from our Berlin and London offices for an overview of the differences and similarities in labor laws between the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Topics will include:

• The hiring process and employers’ obligations at the commencement of employment

• Differences in international requirements during employment, with a focus on discrimination

• Issues that may emerge at the end of the employment relationship

• Data privacy, arbitration, and other hot topics for employers in Europe