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01/12/2021
Fit for the fu­ture: CMS in­creases salar­ies and sup­ports new work styles
Ber­lin – Com­mer­cial law firm CMS Ger­many is up­dat­ing its re­mu­ner­a­tion mod­el for law­yers with ef­fect from 1 Janu­ary 2022. CMS has de­cided not only to in­crease salar­ies, but also to make the over­all mod­el...
01/12/2021
E-sig­na­tures in fin­ance and NPL trans­ac­tions in Ger­many
1. E-con­tract­ing, e-state­ments and e-sig­na­tures in bank­ing & fin­ance trans­ac­tion con­tracts and leg­al state­ments 1.1 Which are the typ­ic­al doc­u­ments (con­tracts, leg­al state­ments, etc.) where writ­ten...
01/12/2021
A piece of pat­ent his­tory has been made con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19.  A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has now...
29/11/2021
CMS ad­vises BKS on sale of food sup­ple­ments pro­vider Vit­amaze to Vis­ion...
Frank­furt/Main – BKS eG has sold all its shares in Vit­amaze GmbH to Vis­ion Health­care NV. Vit­amaze is a lead­ing European e-com­merce pro­vider of vit­am­ins, min­er­als, and sup­ple­ments (VMS) op­er­at­ing mainly...
29/11/2021
Re­cog­ni­tion and en­force­ment of for­eign judg­ments in Ger­many
1. Is there an ex­equatur pro­ced­ure? Yes. Re­cog­ni­tion of a for­eign judg­ment takes place auto­mat­ic­ally as long as the re­quire­ments are met and no grounds for re­fus­al are in­voked. Ex­e­cu­tion can be sought...
29/11/2021
Ob­jec­tion! - Five myths about the Works Coun­cil Mod­ern­isa­tion Act
The June 2021 en­act­ment of “The law on pro­mot­ing the elec­tion of works coun­cil mem­bers and the activ­it­ies of the works coun­cil in a di­git­al work­ing world” (i.e. The Works Coun­cil Mod­ern­isa­tion Act...
26/11/2021
Leg­al term for pay­ments in Ger­many
1. Are there any spe­cif­ic leg­al re­quire­ments in re­spect to pay­ment terms? Yes, Ger­many has im­ple­men­ted le­gis­la­tion based on EU Dir­ect­ive 2011/7/EU on com­bat­ing late pay­ments in com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions...
26/11/2021
COV­ID-19 vac­cin­a­tion and test­ing in Ger­many - em­ploy­ment law per­spect­ive
Vac­cin­a­tion 1. What op­tions does the em­ploy­er have to en­cour­age em­ploy­ees to be vac­cin­ated? Can the em­ploy­er provide a fin­an­cial in­cent­ive to em­ploy­ees?  Em­ploy­ers are al­lowed to provide vac­cin­a­tion...
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24/11/2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
24/11/2021
Hy­dro­gen law and reg­u­la­tion in Ger­many
1. Cur­rent State of Hy­dro­gen Pro­jects in Ger­many Hy­dro­gen in the Ger­man En­ergy Mar­ket The aim of Ger­many’s en­ergy trans­ition is to re­place nuc­le­ar and con­ven­tion­al fuels with re­new­able en­ergy. At...
24/11/2021
The European Com­mis­sion pro­longs the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til...
The European Com­mis­sion has de­cided to pro­long the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til 30 June 2022. The amend­ment, aside from the tem­por­al ex­ten­sion, aims to in­crease the thresholds of cer­tain cat­egor­ies...
19/11/2021
FAQs - "3G": New Cov­id 19 Rules in Ger­man Work­places – Vac­cin­ated, Re­covered...
New Cov­id 19 Rules in Ger­man Work­places – Vac­cin­ated, Re­covered or Tested   Last up­dated: 29 Novem­ber 2021The Act Amend­ing the Pro­tec­tion Against In­fec­tion Act (If­SchG) and oth­er le­gis­la­tion in­tro­duced fol­low­ing the lift­ing of the de­clar­a­tion of a na­tion­al epi­dem­ic im­poses the "3G rule" for work­places via the amended sec­tion 28b of the If­SchG. Only people who are vac­cin­ated, re­covered or tested will then have ac­cess to the work­place. For em­ploy­ers, this means a lot of ef­fort around mon­it­or­ing and doc­u­ment­a­tion. As usu­al with breaches of COV­ID-19 reg­u­la­tions, the fines are very high. The law also provides that em­ploy­ers may be ob­liged to of­fer their staff a work­ing from home op­tion, with­in the con­straints of what is pos­sible. In turn, em­ploy­ees are gen­er­ally re­quired to ac­cept this of­fer. We ex­pect the reg­u­la­tions to come in­to ef­fect very soon. All you need to know about this can be found in our FAQs on "3G - New COV­ID-19 Rules in Ger­man Work­places – Vac­cin­ated, Re­covered or Tested". Please do not hes­it­ate to get in touch if we can be of any fur­ther as­sist­ance.