News about the Corona Virus

The currently spreading "coronavirus" is leading to considerable uncertainty in the personal and professional sphere.
By decision of 14 May 2020, the temporary derogation from the obligation to make a declaration of incapacity to work by telephone was again extended. This was decided by the responsible Federal Joint Committee for Statutory Health Insurance.
On May 14, 2020, the Bundestag decided, among other things, to gradually increase the short-time working allowance.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, together with the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, has developed an online procedure with which compensation for loss of earnings under the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) can be applied for.
The Advisory Council for the Reconciliation of Career and Career at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has compiled a collection of links, tips and information for employers and caring relatives that can also be a useful aid during the pandemic.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland Affairs (BMI) has announced the regulations on issues relating to building contracts to its subordinate department.
At the end of March, the European Competition Network (ECN) published a joint statement in which the continued validity of antitrust law was pointed out, but also the flexibility of antitrust law in view of the current Covid 19 crisis.
In the current situation, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) is of the opinion that the prerequisites for urgent awards of contracts for the purchase of services that serve to contain and manage the corona epidemic in the short term and/or to maintain the public administration's service operations are given in both the upper and lower threshold areas.
On 30 March 2020, the Commission published Guidelines for maintaining the free movement of workers during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The law firm TaylorWessing has made available a new extended calculation tool for the short-time working allowance.

Updated List of High-Risk Countries in terms of Money Laundering
EU Regulation 2020/855 updated the countries that trigger increased due diligence obligations as high-risk third countries within the meaning of Section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering Act.
Important requirements in the transposition of the revised Posting of Workers Directive
The revised Directive will have to be transposed into the national law of the EU Member States by 30 July 2020.
News on the position of the data protection officer
What are the requirements for an internal data protection officer? To what extent is dismissal possible? These questions have recently been addressed in two decisions by the regional labor court.
LAG Baden-Württemberg on the ban on pre-employment
A contractual clause in a general terms and conditions, with which the employee is to confirm that he/she has not previously been in an employment relationship with the employer, is invalid according to § 309 No. 12 letter b BGB.
Instructions for use in national language
In its judgment of 11 March 2020 (Case No. 44 O 40/19), the Essen Regional Court decided that the provision of an English instruction manual in paper form did not meet the requirements of the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG).
Data protection activists publish privacy statement (sample) for social media
The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Rhineland-Palatinate published sample data protection declarations for Facebook and Twitter at the end of April.
Cookies and consent - the BGH has the final word
Many members of the VDMA use their company website in a variety of ways, for example as a presentation opportunity for their own company and products, contact generation, etc. Cookies are often used for this purpose, e.g. for advertising or market research.
Ministry of Justice submits draft on unity patent
The Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJV) presented a new draft of a law on the Convention on a Unified Patent Court (EPC) at the beginning of June 2020.
Government draft of the VerSanG surprisingly published
On Tuesday, 16 June 2020, the BMJV surprisingly published the government draft of the law to strengthen integrity in the economy (Association Sanctions Act - VerSanG).
VDMA Online-Meeting Legal Aspects of the Corona crisis – Force Majeure: international contractual aspects and Saudi Arabian legal regulation
Shut downs, interrupted supply chains and travel restrictions: production and on-time delivery of machines and plants have been encumbered, impeded or even rendered impossible during to the COVID-19 crisis.
Manuela Green
Manuela Green
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RA Christian Steinberger
RA Christian Steinberger
Legal Counsel

Head of Legal Services
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Events of the Legal Department in cooperation with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (MBI)
The Legal Department offers seminars and events for member companies on current topics and legal issues, also in cooperation with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering.
Tue. 14.07.2020  09:00 - 10:30 hrs.
The alternative date for the exchange of experience "Claim Management" planned for 18.03.2020 will be 14.07.2020. The location is still open.
Tue. 14.07.2020  10:00 - 11:30 hrs.
How does the pandemic change quality management?
Tue. 14.07.2020  10:00 - 12:15 hrs.
Many processes in production still run conventionally. And that for a good reason, because direct communication between people on the Internet the "shop floor", cannot be replaced so easily by looking at a display - unsuitable or badly prepared data can under certain circumstances even reduce the view of Falsify processes and problems.