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On 1st June 2016 the Federal German Cabinet has finally adopted a resolution on the draft law aimed at improving conditions for temporary employees and preventing misuse of contracts for services. The stated objectives are:

The governing grand coalition is proposing new legislation which could have a significant impact on the character of the temporary staffing industry in Germany. The introduction of legislation along these lines was one of the pre-conditions for the socialist SPDs entering into a grand coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDU party and the Bavarian CSU after the last election. There are 4 main proposals at present:

The German Court Ruling on 1st March relating to the CGZP (the main Union negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements for Temporary Agency employees) has created a great deal of speculation and uncertainty in the Staffing Industry in The UK among agencies actively engaged in the German Contract Market.

Germany is the second largest market in Europe for fixed-term contracts after the UK. The current German government regards fixed-term contracting as a vital element in a flexible labour market and actively promotes the use of temporary labour (in spite of the fact that it is not popular with the trade union movement).

The German Court Ruling on 1st March relating to the CGZP (the main Union negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements for Temporary Agency employees) has created a great deal of speculation and uncertainty in the Staffing Industry in The UK among agencies actively engaged in the German Contract Market.

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