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Arbeitsrechtliche Schwellenwerte



"German labour law contains a large number of thresholds. These indicate which number of employees in the establishment is needed so that the law or regulation comes into effect. The paper shows how different definitions of the term 'number of employees' can make it difficult for enterprises to understand these regulations. A simulation reveals that depending on the structure of employment (number of part-time workers, trainees, temporary workers etc.) an enterprise with a given number of employees may exceed different thresholds. Since crossing a threshold results in additional costs for the employer thresholds are supposed to hinder the engagement of new employees. A literature review shows that employer surveys find negative effects on employment growth, while in most cases this fact cannot be proved by econometric analyses." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Koller, Lena (2005): Arbeitsrechtliche Schwellenwerte * Regelungen an der Schwelle zur Unüberschaubarkeit. (Universität Erlangen, Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Arbeitsmarkt- und Regionalpolitik. Diskussionspapiere, 40), Erlangen u.a., 44 p.