The German customs authorities (“Zollaemter”) have increased inspections to investigate foreign employees posted to client sites. They are focusing on specialists such as engineers and staff with technical expertise (under arrangements known as “Werklieferungsvertrag“).
Multinationals based outside Germany sending employees to work in Germany should make sure that the working conditions comply with German law (e.g. in relation to working hours, safety standards, the minimum wage, and entitlement to annual leave). They also need to ensure that their selection of employees and the contracts they are working under are in compliance with German immigration and labour laws.