Germany: New Contract Notification Obligations for Employers

July 2022
Region: Europe

As we highlighted in our recent briefing note, from 1 August 2022 German employers must provide additional information to employees about the essential terms and conditions of the employment relationship.

These changes are being made in order to comply with the EU Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions and will take the form of changes to Germany’s existing Verification Act (NachwG). Up until now the NachwG has not played a major role in company practice, as the essential contractual terms to be provided to employees in line with previous regulations were included in practically all standard employment contracts. However, the changes being made to it by the Directive to promote transparency and predictability in the employment relationship are significant and will apply to all employees from the start of next month, regardless of when their employment started.