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Paying salary back after leaving the company

A few days ago I received a pretty interesting letter from my ex employer. During my time there I made minus hours, caused by the project situation (I am a software developer). The letter says I ...
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Can a salary be reduced?

My company is restructuring positions and salary ranges, and they are informing people about their new salaries (sometimes 20% lower than their current salaries). Is it legal for the employer to lower ...
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In a furnished apartment: Are tenants or landlords responsible for upkeep/replacement of large appliances? (Germany specific)

Location: Berlin, Germany Situation: 8 years lived in flat, 5 as contract holder. Provided furnished. Contract renewed every 1 or 2 years. Landlords live on another continent, only visit x1 or x2 per ...
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Can a child release his own work into e.g. the public domain?

I (15 years old; living in Germany) write software now for ~four years and wondered whether I can release it into the public domain or under some free software license without having to ask somebody. ...
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Can the use of trademarked and/or copyrighted logos in a game be lawful?

Can a software application lawfully include and display trademarked and/or copyrighted logos, when they are used as, for example, part of a Bingo-like "spotting" game, without permission ...
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How to calculate per-diem rates for an Employee of a German company who works at home in Austria and travels to Germany for two weeks

The per-diem rates listed here https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Downloads/BMF_Schreiben/Steuerarten/Lohnsteuer/2023-11-21-steuerliche-behandlung-reisekosten-reisekostenverguetungen-...
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Appropriate insult under law [closed]

Some countries have laws against insults. However the insult is not illegal if it is a direct response to a similar insult or a response to some publicly available information. Recently a professor at ...
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What are the supply duties of the government for mandatory schooling?

I'm mostly interested in the German jurisdiction but other countries are interesting as well. For all children attending school is mandatory, in Germany this is regulated by states (here is an example ...
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When does a "resemblance" become a banned Nazi symbol?

It is in the news that Adidas has banned football fans from buying German football kits customised with the number 44, after media raised their resemblance to the symbol used by World War Two-era ...
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Is Berliner Sparkasse's request for the list of all members of "Jewish Voice for a Just Peace" lawful?

Novara media published an article titled "Germany Is Seizing Jews’ Money Again It’s fine, they’re pro-Palestine" by James Jackson The bank [Berliner Sparkasse] demanded a list of the names ...
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Can a landlord ask me to see my luggage when moving in?

I am moving into a new home where landlord is living close by. I paid the rent and when I was about to move in, I came to get the key and the landlord told me that I cannot get it because I did not ...
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"Malen nach Zahlen" legally protected in Germany?

Quoting from a German wikipedia article about "Malen nach Zahlen" (or also called "painting by numbers"): Malen nach Zahlen ist eine Wortmarke der Ravensburger AG und des ...
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Which income is relevant for day-fines in German law?

For a number of minor crimes several European countries use a system of day-fines where the fine you have to pay is a number of days decided after the crime and a per-day-value which is based on your ...
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Accidental intrusion into military airspace

Welcome to Germany, where we have Military installations designated as "Militärischer Sperrbezirk" (MSB), that are closed to the public. For example, a shooting range or training ground is ...
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Repercussions from hitting protesters blocking highways

From “What power do I have as a driver if my interstate route is blocked by a protest?”, I understand that intentionally hitting protesters who block the road is considered “Vehicular Misdemeanour”. ...
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Is it illegal to act against the parents' wishes when taking care of a minor?

When taking care of a minor with permission of the parents, what is the legal force of any rules the parents set? For example, if I look after someone's child, and they tell me the child may not ...
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Would vehicle insurance be valid if someone else, other than the person whose name the insurance is under, drives it?

Suppose I buy a car and I take insurance on it under my name. I let my friend drive, and he gets into an accident. Would I be able to file for insurance?
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What is the definition of "Wohnung" in german law?

I live in a room of the house of an old lady, and here I am not allowed to use the kitchen. During certain days I can use the shower and washing machine. However, still I got a "...
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Use Google API with an easy Cookie banner (notice) in germany / EU?

I plan to use a Google API interface for my web shop (Germany) to optimize transport costs for customers (API request on the google server for every price calculation). The API interface would then be ...
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What is the basis of the 'Genocide' complicity lawsuit against Scholz in Germany?

Al Jazeera has covered a legal action initiated in Germany, where attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Chancellor Scholz, accusing him of being complicit in what they term the 'genocide' in Gaza: ...
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What legal rights does a German landlord have over you if you stop paying rent?

Follow up to this question. Suppose a tenant were to write to the landlord that due to XYZ reasons, that they will reduce the rent they pay by X amount. What is the legality of this exactly? Couldn't ...
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Couldn't the landlord just say the Thermometer doesn't work when confronted with the temperature being too low?

In Germany, from what I understand, when the temperature in apartment falls below a tolerable amount, then the renter can request the landlord for a rent reduction. This happend to me, and I got a ...
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Is it legal for the landlord to order me to provide the keys to them, if I am to go to abroad?

I am renting a room in the house of an old lady. She told me that, if I am to leave more than seven days from the place where I live, then I must hand her down the keys. Is this legal?
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Who is responsible for damage in a furnished apartment?

Suppose one lives in a furnished apartment, and after some time of living in it, damage comes up of normal wear and tear, then would the renter be liable for this, or would it be up to the landlord?
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Niederlassungserlaubnis vs Citizenship vs Passport in Germany

From the case of US, I understand that nationals are not the same as citizens. That is, a person who is allowed to stay permenantly in a place may not receive a passport. Recently Germany passed a new ...
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Would it be in violation of student visa to spend a substantial amount of time and make profits from stocks?

Follow up to this question. As far as I know, one cannot do freelance work while on a student visa. So, for example, I cannot do something like hair cutting or drawing on commission, while in country. ...
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Is affirmative hiring illegal in Germany?

Saw this ad: https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/565648/women-in-tech-all-levels-at-sustainable-start-finn With the headline: "Women in Tech - all levels - at sustainable start-up (f/x) - Munich or ...
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Is it legal to keep garbage in any waste basket ? (Assuming properly sorted)

Follow up to this question, since there are fines to putting incorrectly sorted garbage into the dumpster, would it also be that it's illegal to throw waste in someone else's dumpster?
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German Online Law [closed]

Since moving to Germany you're always faced with stories of fees to pay upon internet usage (streaming movies, z-library, google adblocker add-on, VPN add-on etc.) what's the punishable acts online in ...
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Is there any legal repercussions of separating the garbage incorrectly in Germany?

To me, it is not often very clear what type of garbage goes in what bin in Germany. And, often there is no online guide or something that can say where goes which, because the garbage separation rules ...
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Is the law about renters being able to pay deposit in three parts in Germany, useless?

In Germany, it is by law that one should be able to pay the deposit amount in installements of three months, and that it should be no higher than three months of rent. refer While searching for a ...
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Does the renaming of the German 'ebay Kleinanzeigen' to 'Kleinanzeigen' mean they lose any trademark to their name?

So ebay Kleinanzeigen is a company that owns a website for classified ads. People can post classified ads there and search the website to buy things from classified ads. I suppose ebay has the exact ...
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Is it illegal to pick up items with deposit [Pfand] on the street in Germany?

Many bottled products in Germany have a property that you can get back money when you return the bottle to the supermarket (Pfand). I often notice bundles of glass bottles hanging around in the street....
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How long after moving out from an apartment do I have to deregister with Bürgersamt in Germany?

Let's suppose I move out of an apartment, how long do I have to deregister the apartment in Germany?
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Does German law have an equivalent of the "plain meaning rule"?

I recently read about the plain meaning rule that seems to be a principle in the application of English laws. I would like to know whether a similar principle is either codified or known as a common ...
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Can I record only my side of a phone conversation, or can I transcribe the entire conversation without recording it?

It is "common knowledge" that you cannot just record a telephone call without the agreement of the other party. What about: Recording only your own voice during the call? Using speech-to-...
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Can Microsoft be held responsible for printers missing after a software update?

I want to learn about software liability but most articles on the internet are very generic. So I am asking this specific question to learn by example. Let's assume after a Windows update printers are ...
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Can a company in Germany lets its employee to work some months from iran remotely? [closed]

As an Iranian,I am trying to get an stable, trustable job from Germany,and move there. but i want to work for some months remotely from iran. Due to some problems i cant completely leave home. I had a ...
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Germany GmbH shareholder living in another EU country

When an EU citizen who is holding shares of a GmbH decides to move to another EU country, what are his obligations to the tax office and the state?
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Can the landlord require the final inspection to be earlier than the end of the lease?

A friend of mine cancelled his rental agreement recently. The last day of the agreement will be the end of this year, so 2023-12-31. He actually wanted to move out mid december and make an appointment ...
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Taking out stitches - who is allowed to do that in Germany?

My mom had a surgery on her wrist after she broke it and has some stitches that have to be taken out soon. Last time I had a surgery our doctor (regular doctor, not the one who did the surgery, in ...
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What are the drinking age laws in Germany?

I've always heard stories that in Germany, there is no drinking age. I know that in the United States, it is 21. Alcohol can cause health risks for underage children, so it would seem weird to allow ...
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How long is the notice period by the landlord for a furnished room in an apartment in the same house as the landlord?

Details: The tenant is single. The tenant cannot enter the landlord's apartment. The landlord owns the entire house. The agreement was verbal The apartment has two rooms, but only one is rented ...
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UPS Germany delaying payment indefinitely

UPS charged me a brokerage fee when I shipped a parcel from England to Germany. It was a huge amount (113.29 euros) and didn't make sense since my parcel should not have been charged any customs fee. ...
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How and when is something "published" to be considered libel?

When looking up "libel" in a dictionary, it says a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation. I am pretty sure there are laws for almost any ...
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Is "elektronische Post" (§ 5 Telemediengesetz) necessarily email?

§ 5 of the Telemediengesetz (German) lists what, for instance, website providers have to include in the typically called Impressum of the website. The second sentence of (1) is: Angaben, die eine ...
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Germany: Right to work without a SSN and National ID number

I am in Germany on a spousal visa. My visa states "Erwerbtätigkeit erlaubt" i.e. I can work here. I have a Steuernummer (tax number) and I have finished my Anmeldung (registration) at the ...
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Tenant's permitted use of rented parking space

I rent an apartment in a block of flats. Tenants are given an assigned car parking space in a basement-level parking lot, for which they also pay a monthly rent. The landlord has written to us stating ...
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Does the context of one’s displays of Nazi emblems matter to its legality?

In Germany, I understand that openly displaying Nazi symbols is illegal but that is heavily dependent on the context indicating that they are being displayed as a promotion or celebration of Nazism. ...
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Is it illegal to voluntarily work longer than the law allows?

Let Bob be a software developer that can work from home. Bob's contract says he has to work 40h/week. The employer offers a flexible distribution of those hours and doesn't care when Bob works, as ...

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