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A works council consulted a firm specialised in advising works councils. The consulting firm charged the works council for services rendered, but the employer did not pay as it believed that the consulting firm did not provide satisfactory proof of its services. The Federal Court of Justice held that a works council can validly enter into agreements with third parties within the scope of the responsibilities assigned to it under the Works Constitution Act.
EU Anti-Terrorism Regulations comprehensively prohibit business contact with individuals and organisations which are suspected of terrorist activities. This update considers co-determination and data privacy protection law issues associated with the data screening that employers must carry out in order to fulfil their obligations under the anti-terrorism regulations.