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Germany: lack of legal validity for decisions made via videoconference poses a serious issue for works councils
Planet Labor, 25 March 2020, n°11762 - www.planetlabor.com

The German laws on codetermination are definitive. Works council decisions made via videoconference have no legal value. However, amid the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, works councils are having to make many decisions, in particular to authorise the range of short-time working measures that are being implemented. Therefore the German minister for employment and social affairs has announced that, in the view of his legal staff, decisions made via videoconference should be considered legally valid given the exceptional nature of the present situation. A directive on the matter is expected to arrive in due course.

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