Germany is not exactly known to be a pioneer when it comes to equal pay. In Germany, the pay gap remains particularly large and is only closing slowly, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The Federal Labor Court now took a step ahead to strengthen women’s rights in its latest ruling which will enable women to enforce their rights and simplify proceedings in equal-pay cases by putting the burden of proof on employers. READ MORE
Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M.
Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.
André has been listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, since its 2017/18 edition and was ranked top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019 and as one of Germany's Best Lawyers in Employment Law by Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers in 2020. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".
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André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations. Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.
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Since January 6, 2018, employees in Germany may bring a claim to information on their peers’ salary under the Pay Transparency Act (Entgelttransparenzgesetz – EntgTranspG). Learn how to react when you receive the first information claim. READ MORE
There is a trend of regulations being put into place prohibiting prospective employers from asking questions about an applicant’s recent or current compensation. “What’s your salary?” has become a no-no in job interviews in several states (including Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Delaware and Oregon). New York City passed legislation in April 2017. California’s Governor just signed a new law making prior salaries a thing of the past. San Francisco has become the latest city to prohibit employers from asking job applicants to disclose their salary history effective July 1, 2018. READ MORE
On July 6, 2017, the Pay Transparency Act (Entgelttransparenzgesetz – EntgTranspG) came into force aiming to tackle the gender pay gap – which is suspected to range somewhere between 7 and 22 % in Germany. The Act mainly provides for information rights of employees and for the implementation of review and reporting procedures in companies.
On January 11, 2017, the German Federal Cabinet has adopted the Equal Pay Act (Entgelttransparenzgesetz) submitted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
As we reported, the requirements of the Equal Pay Act as now adopted have been lessened in comparison with the preliminary ministerial draft we initially reported on, in accordance with the agreement found by the coalition committee of the German government parties.
Still, the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth declared the adoption of the Equal Pay Act an important breakthrough for a fair payment of women. She announced that the individual right to information, the reporting obligation and review procedure can be expected to change corporate culture in Germany.
December 19, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 am PT
11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
4:30 -5:30 pm GMT
The final UK Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Regulations have been published and are due to be implemented on 6 April 2017 for all companies with more than 250 employees in the U.K. April 2017 is the same month in which you have to capture your data in order to publish your pay gap information in time for the deadline of April 2018 – so the time to take action has now arrived.
In Germany, equal pay legislation is expected to come into force in summer 2017 and will provide for information rights of employees and works councils, as well as, for investigation processes and reporting obligations of employers.
This webinar focuses on the requirements of the U.K. final regulations, preparing your ‘data snapshot’ and what the requirements are for publication. We will also discuss the evolving landscape of sanctions and whether a failure to publish might lead to enforcement action from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Recent Equal pay developments in the US and throughout the EU will also be addressed.
Via Webinar – connection details provided upon registration
MCLE credit will be given for this program.
On October 6, 2016, the coalition committee of the German government parties agreed on the planned Equal Pay Act (Entgeltgleichheitsgesetz). We described the first draft of the Equal Pay Act submitted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in our blog post earlier this year.
Statistics reveal a difference of 7 percent between the remuneration paid to men and that paid to women with the same qualifications in Germany. The average hourly wage even shows a difference of 22 percent, making pay discrepancy in Germany one of the highest in the EU. In order to adjust these wage injustices, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth submitted a first preliminary ministerial draft of the German Equal Pay Act (Entgeltgleichheitsgesetz) on December 9, 2015. The act is expected to be adopted in 2016.