Staff leasing or temporary employment in Germany (Arbeitnehmerüberlassung, ANÜ) is characterized by a three-person relationship. The lender concludes an employment contract with the temporary worker. The lender also concludes a temporary employment contract with a hirer. On the basis of this temporary employment contract, the temporary employee works in the hirer's company. The temporary employee still gets paid by the lender (i.e. their employer). The lender receives a payment from the hirer. In return, the hirer is entitled to the work performed by the temporary employee.
Staff leasing is generally prohibited in Germany unless you have a temporary employment permit/license. It is therefore a prohibition subject to permission. Entrepreneurs who hire out workers, without having the necessary permit, face a substantial fine. Managing directors are privately liable with their own assets.
A corresponding permit (temporary employment permit/license) is issued only on application. Therefore, all entrepreneurs who wish to hire out workers must apply for a temporary employment permit in accordance with the German Temporary Employment Act (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz, AÜG).
The application must be submitted to the competent Federal Employment Agency. The employment agencies in Düsseldorf, Kiel and Nuremberg are responsible for issuing the permit for staff leasing. Which of the three agencies is specifically responsible for issuing the permit depends on which state the company is located in. In the case of companies based abroad, the responsibility of the agencies depends on the respective country of origin of the company.
The Federal Employment Agencies in Düsseldorf, Kiel and Nuremberg are responsible for the following federal states in Germany:
The application for the permit must be made by the person who intends to provide temporary workers. If you are the employer of the temporary workers and the contractual partner of the hirer, you must personally submit this application. If a legal entity (e.g. a limited liability company) becomes the employer of the temporary workers and the contractual partner of the hirer, the limited liability company must submit the application.
Foreign persons can also apply, provided their residence or place of business lies in an EU member state. It is important to note that the permit must be applied for regardless of the size of the business. Even if companies want to hire out their only employee, a permit must be applied for.
In addition to general information about the company, such as
tax information and information on any criminal record and the reliability of the managing director are also necessary. Furthermore, model employment contracts and also model transfer contracts must be submitted to the Employment Agency for review.
The process for obtaining permission from the authorities takes about three months, provided that the documents are submitted properly and completely. We estimate a maximum of three weeks for your legally secure temporary employment application and the review of all required documents.
The administrative fees within the framework of a temporary employment application amount to EUR 1,300.
For the first three years, an employer can only apply for a temporary permit. It is valid for one year and is not automatically extended, rather the permit must be renewed. The renewal of the permit is often more difficult than the initial application, as the renewal is subject to a detailed review to ensure that all laws have been complied with, whereas the initial application cannot be subject to a detailed review.
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