Reposted from Law A La Mode 

By: Kai Bodenstedt and Astrid Schnabel

Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements

As the profits of German online retailers increase, so too do the HR pressures that such businesses face. As electronic retail businesses hire more and more workers, they are increasingly faced with labor law issues. For example, the primary German trade union for the retail sector, ver.di, has tried desperately to get a foot in the door at several online retailers.


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By Max Wenger and Kai Tumbraegel

On 17 October the German Federal High Court (“BGH”) has submitted a request for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) to clarify whether a bank may refuse to reveal the name and the address of a bank account holder with reference to the bank secrecy, if the payment for a purchase of counterfeiting goods has been settled via the respective bank account (BGH I ZR 51/12).


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