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The German “Arbeitszeugnis” (reference): a sometimes dangerous mystery for non-German employers

Germany is considered a leading industrial nation in many areas of business and technology but when it comes to law and formal requirements it is still rather traditional. For entrepreneurs doing business in Germany for the first time this may come as a surprise. German legal practice still widely depends on original handwritten signatures and … Continue Reading

The sad smiley :( goes to court

Smileys are widely used in e-mails, text messages or on t-shirts, and are usually an expression of happiness but sometimes also of sorrow and other less attractive emotions. Regardless of where they are used, smileys have a meaning (my smartphone, for example, lets me take my pick of a staggering 43 variations, from Broken Heart … Continue Reading
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