Germany - Juridical dispute on minimum wage application - May 31, 2016

The first ruling of a court about the minimum wage, which came into effect in 2015, came down on the side of employers. The judge sided with a hospital service company which argued that the minimum hourly wage applied to a person’s total yearly income, inclusive of holiday and Christmas bonuses which employers are not legally obliged to provide. A hospital employee was being paid €8.03 per hour, far below the legal minimum wage of €8.50. But, by adding her Christmas bonus and her holiday money onto her hourly wage, her employer had managed to calculate the woman’s annual wage up to €8.69 an hour.

English: http://www.thelocal.de/jobs/article/how-your-employer-can-still-pay-under …

German: http://www.kostenlose-urteile.de/BAG_5-AZR-13516_Mindestlohn-Urteil-Arbeitgeber …    

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