Reform of French economic and competition law
The French legislator has reformed areas of French economic and competition law by means of Ordinance No. 2019-359 of 24 April 2019.
New European Labour Authority (ELA) to promote coordination between Member States
Following the agreement of the European Parliament on 16 April 2019, the Council adopted on 13 June 2019 a Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority (ELA).
Save the Date - BarCamp "Work 4.0" on 17 October 2019 in Frankfurt
"How do we work in the digital age?" The VDMA is investigating this question together with IG Metal in its 2nd BarCamp "Arbeit 4.0".
VDMA: Autonomy in collective bargaining would be the best service for a social Europe
Five years after its introduction, trade unionists and politicians have spoken out in favour of a further increase in the minimum wage. The DGB also advocates a Europe-wide minimum wage. The VDMA does not believe in the claim.
"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.

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Annual Reports of Legal Serv ices
The current annual report 2018 of Legal Services has been published. Exclusively for our member companies it is available for download here.
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Manuela Green
Manuela Green
Assistant to the Head of Legal Services
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+49 69 6603-2460
RA Christian Steinberger
RA Christian Steinberger
Legal Counsel

Head of Legal Services
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+49 69 6603-2361
VDMA-Guide "Anti-Money Laundering
"Money Laundering - Compliance in the Mechanical Engineering Industry"