Trends In The Language Of Global Employment Documents

Law360, New York (November 7, 2014, 10:46 AM EST) -- In an interesting decision, the German Federal Labor Court recently held that a non-German speaking employee may still be bound by the terms and conditions of a German-only employment contract (5 AZR 252/12). The employee in question, a Portuguese national and resident who did not speak German, signed an employment agreement drafted only in German. Even though the employee negotiated his employment terms in Portuguese, the court held the employee voluntarily signed the agreement and, as such, was in principle bound by it.

This follows the European Court of Justice decision last year that the Flemish Language Decree, which regulates the...

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