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Basic labour law information

Germany - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Federal Constitutional Court Act, 1951.
     Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany (GG).

01.03) Civil, commercial and family law
     Act to combat forced marriages and to better protect victims of forced marriage, and to amend some Acts on residence and asylum.
     Act to combat child marriages.
     Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO).
     Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch-BGB).

01.04) Criminal and penal law
     Penal Code (StGB).

01.05) Human rights
     Act on the Status and Tasks of the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMRG).

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Act on European Works Council (EBRG).
     Collective Agreements Act [Act of 25 August 1969]

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Youth Protection Act (Jugendschutzgesetz - JuSchG).
     Young Persons (Protection of Employment) Act (JArbSchG).
     Act to combat child marriages.
     Social Code - Book VIII - Children and Youth.

04.01) Hazardous child labour
     Young Persons (Protection of Employment) Act (JArbSchG).

05) Equality of opportunity and treatment
     General Act on Equal Treatment (Law to implement the European Directive on the realization the principle of equal treatment) (AGG).
     Act promoting remuneration transparency between women and Men (Transparency of Remuneration Act).
     Act on Equality between Women and Men in the Federal Administration and in Federal Enterprises and Courts (Federal Act on Gender Equality)
     Act on Equal Opportunities of Women and Man in the Federal Administration, Enterprises and Federal Courts (Gender Equality Act)(BGBl 1. 17/2015)

05.02) Workers with family responsibilities
     Act to Improve Compatibility between Family, Care and Work.
     Act to implement: Parental Allowance with Partnership bonus and flexible Parental leave to the Parental Allowances and Parental Leave Act
     Act on Family Care Leave.

08) Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
     Social Code - Book III - Employment Promotion.

08.01) Disabled workers
     Social Code - Book IX - Rehabilitation and Participation of Disabled Persons.
     Equality for Persons with Disabilities Act (BGG).

08.02) Older workers
     Act to Improve Employment Opportunities For Older Workers.

09) Education, vocational guidance and training
     Vocational Education Reform Act (BerBiRefG).
     Act on the recognition of professional qualifications.
     Vocational Training Act (BBiG).

10) Employment security, termination of employment
     Protection against Dismissal Act (KSchG).

12.02) Wages
     Act introducing the Insolvency Ordinance (EGInsO).
     Minimum Wage Act, 2014 (BGBl. I S. 1348).

13.01) Hours of work, weekly rest and paid leave
     Act on part-time and temporary work (TzBfG).
     Hours of Work Act (ArbZG).

14) Occupational safety and health
     Labour Protection Act (ArbSchG)(BGBl. IS. 1246).

14.01) Protection against particular hazards
     Act on protection against harmful effects of exposure to ionising radiation (Radiation Protection Act).

15) Social security (general standards)
     Social Code - Book VI - Statutory Pension Insurance
     Act to intensify measures against illegal employment and tax evasion connected with illegal employment (Act to Combat Clandestine Employment).
     Social Code - Book II - Basic Security for Jobseekers.

15.03) Employment accident and occupational disease benefit
     Social Code - Book VII - Employment Accident Insurance.

15.05) Social assistance and services
     Social Code - Book XII - Social Assistance.

15.06) Administration and financing
     Social Code - Book X - Social and Administrative Procedures and Protection of Social Data.

16) Maternity protection
     Act on protection of mothers at work, education and studies (Maternity Protection Act).

17) Migrant workers
     Freedom of Movement for EU Citizens Act (FreizügG/EU).
     Act on the Residence, Economic Activity and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act)
     Act on the recognition of professional qualifications.
     Residence Act (Zuwanderungsgesetz).

18) Seafarers
     Maritime Labour Act, 2013 (BGBl. I S. 868).
     Act on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, the International Labour Organisation of 23 February 2006
     Federal Maritime Responsibility Act (SeeaufgG).

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Federal Civil Service Act (BBG).
     Framework Law for the Consolidation of the Civil Serants Law (BRRG).

22.15) Domestic workers
     Act on Convention No. 189 of the International Labour Organization of 16 June 2011 concerning Domestic Workers.

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Last updated: Saturday - 4th December 2021