Retail and Consumer Goods03.11.2020 Newsletter

Right of withdrawal and e-food - is this combination possible?

Online trade has been booming for years and in times of the "corona crisis" more than ever. The food trade is also increasingly pushing into the online sector, especially in view of possible or already existing quarantine scenarios. Several big names in the industry are now active in the "e-food" business.

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Employment Law26.10.2020 Newsletter

Continued payment of wage and the remuneration risk in times of corona

But in which cases does the employer owe the continued payment of the employee’s wage? And under what conditions does the employee have compensation claims under the German Infection Protection Act (IfSG)? On the basis of typical case constellations, which include the topic of returning travellers, we have set out the answers to these questions below.

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Revision of the Principles on the Reliability of Exporters

With the amendment to the Announcement on the Principles of the Federal Government for Eval-uating the Reliability of Exporters of War Weapons and Arms-Related Goods, which entered into force on 20 October 2020, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control [Bun-desamt für Ausfuhrkontrolle, BAFA] has added further provisions for internal compliance pro-grammes (ICP) to the existing regulation. In particular, it specifies the requirements for a Chief Export Control Officer (“CECO") [Ausfuhrverantwortlicher] who is to be nominated.

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Employment Law20.10.2020 Newsletter

Update: Short-time work compensation during the corona pandemic

On 25 August 2020, the governmental coalition agreed to extend the payment of short-time work compensation. This planned extension and other current changes are part of the consequence management policy in the corona pandemic. After completion of the legislative procedure, these changes will come into force on 1 January 2021.

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Retail and Consumer Goods16.10.2020 Newsletter

"E-food": what operators should know about the Platform-to-Business Regulation

Influenced by COVID-19, the food industry is booming. Food is being ordered online with measurably more frequency. "E-food" is trendy: the term describes the buying and selling of food through digital distribution channels. Not only private individuals are making use of this. More and more companies are also occupying this business sector. But caution is required: there are several points that companies need to consider when setting up e-food distribution structures. The Platform-to-Business Regulation (Platform-to-Business Verordnung, "P2B-VO"), in particular, will have to be observed under certain circumstances.

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Employment Law15.10.2020 Newsletter

Domestic corona risk areas – how employers should handle employees’ travel

Due to the resurge of the pandemic in Germany and the steadily growing number of risk areas within the country, employers face numerous questions regarding the handling of their employees’ travel activities within Germany.

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Retail and Consumer Goods09.10.2020 Newsletter

"Vegan" and "vegetarian" foods: Liability risks for manufacturers

For consumers, it is a reliable orientation aid when making their purchase decision; for companies, it is a sign of transparency and product innovation. But caution is required: what are the legal framework conditions for labelling vegetarian and vegan products? What do companies have to take into account when naming products and to what extent may the names of so-called meat substitute products be based on their respective role models?

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Employment Law06.10.2020 Newsletter

"Mobile Work Act" – an initial overview

The coalition agreement for the current legislative period already states that mobile work is to be promoted and a legal framework created. At the end of April this year, the Federal Labour Minister, Hubertus Heil, announced for the first time that there would be a draft law in the autumn. In an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag (“BamS”) on 5 October 2020 entitled "More modern, more digital", Hubertus Heil made it widely publicly known that a draft law "Mobile Work Act" had been prepared by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, “BMAS”).

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Mergers & Acquisitions06.10.2020 News

Oppenhoff advises SDC Technologies on the acquisition of COTEC

Oppenhoff has advised SDC Technologies, Inc., USA, on the acquisition of COTEC GmbH, located in Karlstein near Frankfurt, from its founder.

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Forthcoming reform of foundations law

On 28 September 2020, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection [Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz, BMJV] published a first ministerial draft bill on the reform and standardisation of the law governing foundations. The meaning and purpose of the reform is to strengthen legal certainty. Unfortunately, the current patchwork of federal and federal state laws (as well as the acknowledged principles of customary law) only inadequately provide such certainty. In addition, a public register of foundations is going to be created, which should then create greater transparency in the foundation landscape. A definite need for action exists for all foundations that manage their administration from abroad.

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Julia Witte

Julia Witte

Communications Consultant

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