The employers involved in a transfer of a company are required under art. 613a (5) BGB (German Civil Code) to inform the employees about the transfer of business. None or incorrect information may have consequences for the exercise of a right of objection by the employees and may lead to claims for damages. Both the previous and the new owner of the enterprise or the division are required to inform the employees affected by the transfer of the business. The obligation to provide information applies regardless of the size of the company. Therefore, business sellers and acquirers should agree on the manner in which they fulfill their joint obligation. In the case of incorrect or omitted information, the employees concerned may choose to assert their rights either against the seller or the acquirer. If there is a works council, it too must be informed. However, informing the works council alone is not sufficient.
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