Germany -Court says states cannot decide on Sunday opening -November 27, 2014

The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the state of Hesse overstepped its bounds when legislating more allowances for firms to operate, and thus force employees to work, on Sundays and bank holidays.

The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the state of Hesse overstepped its bounds when legislating more allowances for firms to operate, and thus force employees to work, on Sundays and bank holidays. According to the ruling, there was no need for video rental shops or call centres to be open on Sundays and it was not up to a state government to decide that. The decision will have implications across the country, as other states have similar laws. The case stems from a 2011 decision by the state of Hesse to allow broader exceptions to labour laws regulating who has to work on Sundays. The trade unions that brought the case to the court called the verdict a very positive success. They stated that the local government overstepped its bounds when forcing more people to work on Sundays.

English: http://www.thelocal.de/20141127/court-to-rule-on-labouring-sundays


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