"Engineering companies don't need tutoring to train their employees."
The VDMA critically evaluates the National Continuing Education Strategy of the Federal Government.
Form of the operating instructions
In its decision of 28 February 2019, the OLG Frankfurt decided that the instructions for use required under Section 3 (4) of the ProdSG must be attached to the product in German, but not necessarily in paper form (OLG Frankfurt, Urt. v. 28.02.2019 - 6 U 181/17).
Settlement of costs for works council seminars
Works council members must submit proof of the expenses to be reimbursed as far as possible and reasonable.
No employment guarantee for severely disabled persons
In an existing employment relationship, severely disabled persons can demand the performance of the employment relationship from their employer up to the limit of reasonableness according to § 164 Para. 4 SGB IX (until 31 December 2017: § 81 Para. 4 SGB IX aF) in accordance with their health situation.
EU Commission presents guidelines on the interaction of the free movement of non-personal data and EU data protection rules
On 29 May 2019, the EU Commission published the guidelines for Regulation 2018/1807/EU. The aim of this regulation is to prevent national data localisation requirements and to create a single European data market as a supplement to the GDPR.
Brazil and Canada accede to agreements
At the end of May Brazil's Senate approved to join the Madrid Protocol, while Canada will join the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty. Canada's accession to the Madrid Protocol, the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty will take effect as early as mid-June 2019.
New obligations for goods traders through draft bill on money laundering law
On 20 May, the Federal Ministry of Finance published a draft bill on the implementation of the so-called 5th Money Laundering Directive (2018/843), thus going beyond the requirements of the EU Money Laundering Directive in some important areas.
Chinese increases protection of trade secrets in its law against unfair competition
The revision of the Anti-Unfair Competition Act adopted by the 13th National Congress of the People's Republic of China on 23 April 2019 contains provisions designed to increase the protection of trade secrets.
"Transformation Short-Term Worker Compensation": IG Metall proposal goes in the wrong direction
According to the idea of IG Metall, a Transformation Short-Term Worker's Compensation (Transformations-KuG) is intended to support companies and employees in coping with technological or other structural change - with the aim of keeping employees in the company and qualifying them for changed and new requirements and activities.
Immigration of skilled labour law: implementation quickly and unbureaucratically
On 7 June 2019, the Bundestag passed the law on the immigration of skilled workers.

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