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Wake-up call for vocational training
The lack of training and skilled workers is crushing companies. In the current issue, Steffen Kampeter calls for the German government to start recognizing vocational training on an equal footing with academic training. The issue of the week takes a critical look at family start-up time. The exciting guest article is provided by Prof. Dr. Andrew Ullmann, who calls for a reform of our healthcare system.
Entrepreneurship, ambition and creativity
The prosperity of our country and our social security system are based on hard work and efficient, innovative companies. Employer President Dulger would therefore like the German government to be aware of this problem, change the framework conditions - and focus on entrepreneurship, ambition and creativity. This week's topic is the upcoming mediation procedure on whistleblower protection. There is also a guest article worth reading by labor lawyer Gregor Thüsing on the current EU draft directive on platform work.
A chance for a new Germany speed
Looking ahead to the meeting of the coalition committee, BDA Managing Director Steffen Kampeter therefore calls in Standpunkt for the opportunity to be seized for a new Germany speed. Much is being announced by the German government - but little is happening because it is not in agreement. This also applies to the complicated procedures for the immigration of skilled workers. Dr. Markus Pieper MEP sees our competitiveness in danger in a guest article. The topic of the week is excellent entrepreneurial commitment to vocational training. And much more.
We need the courage to change
In the BDA Agenda, employer president Dulger calls on the German government to have the courage to change so as not to become the sick man of Europe again. Magdalena Rogl from Microsoft Germany explains why empathy is the basis for diversity and inclusion in this week's commentary. Other topics in this issue include a shortage of skilled workers, mobile work and the EU social security card, and much more.
Daring more sustainability & social progress
Instead of more sustainability and social progress, bureaucracy and control madness are being promoted, warns BDA Chief Executive Steffen Kampeter in the Viewpoint of the current issue. School quality urgently needs to be improved. This is the topic of the week. There is also a guest article by Ingrid Hofmann that is well worth reading: She calls for more appreciation for companies.
We need a new dynamic in the economy and the world of work!
Employer President Dr. Dulger outlines in the BDA AGENDA how we are getting a new dynamic in the economy and the world of work. The guest commentary by Dr. Niggemann, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, deals with the topic of "working time recording". In the new issue, you will also find insights into the exchange between the BDA Digital Council and the head of the Federal Chancellery, Wolfgang Schmidt, information on social self-administration and the future of European social systems and the welfare state, and much more.
Germany's locational quality at risk
Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger sees Germany's locational quality in jeopardy and addresses this issue in detail in the current AGENDA. In addition, you will find a contribution on the topic of "bureaucracy reduction" using the example of the "basic pension" as well as a guest commentary by Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in which she explains that innovations need freedom, and much more.
With strength and optimism into the new year
In the current issue, our CEO Steffen Kampeter looks ahead to 2023 and clearly formulates the issues that will be important this year. Judith Wiese, member of the Managing Board and Labor Director of Siemens AG, emphasizes that due to the lack of skilled workers, companies must increase their attractiveness as employers - not least by training and developing their own employees. The AGENDA also contains information on our "ARBEIT MADE IN GERMANY" campaign and the Labor Law Congress, which will take place in early February 2023, as well as much more.
A good start to the new year 2023!
In this year's last issue, employer president Dr. Rainer Dulger looks back at 2022. You'll also find all the info on the electronic certificate of incapacity to work, which will be launched on January 1, 2023, an overview of the diverse ISWA seminars, and much more.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We need a new ambition!
"We again need the strong will and courage to realize ideas and shape the future, the hunger for change," emphasizes our CEO Steffen Kampeter in the new BDA AGENDA. Also in it: a guest commentary by Prof. Dr. Werding on "Structural change & deindustrialization", concrete proposals for a moratorium on burdens in the multi-crisis, a look at our digital skills initiative "Future Skills" and much more.
Our democracy has proven its efficiency in the crisis
The importance of the citizen's income and the mediation committee is explained by our CEO Steffen Kampeter in the current issue of BDA-AGENDA. You will also find a guest article by Prof. Dr. Roland Koch, Chairman of the Ludwig Erhard Foundation, as well as a review of our joint BDA/LES Lunchtalk, which took place this week with top-class speakers and numerous guests. A note on our upcoming event, which we are organizing together with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and much more.
We must do everything possible to safeguard jobs and value creation
In the current issue, Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger comments on the Citizen's Income Act, which was passed today in the German Bundestag. You will also find our latest brochure, "Artificial Intelligence in Entrepreneurial Practice," as well as a detailed plea for sustainable structural reforms in health and long-term care insurance, and much more.
Release the brakes and give way to economic growth!
"Economic growth remains the guarantor," emphasizes our CEO Steffen Kampeter and explains how certain brakes on growth need to be eased. You will also find a guest article by Elisabeth Niejahr on the topic of "Equal opportunities and social mobility" in the current AGENDA, as well as a note on our labor law congress and an outlook on the economy.
This energy crisis must not be allowed to turn into an economic and social crisis - politics & social partners must do everything together against this.
In the current issue of the BDA Agenda, employers' president Dr. Rainer Dulger warns that politicians and social partners must do everything they can to ensure that this energy crisis does not turn into an economic and social crisis, also in view of the shortage of skilled workers and the onset of recession. You will also find our position on the draft Whistleblower Protection Act and 10 theses by Deutsche Telekom Board Member Birgit Bohle on the culture of innovation. This and much more awaits you.
Driving digitization forward with momentum.
The legislator should promptly improve the verification law. Our CEO Steffen Kampeter explains how and why in the current BDA-AGENDA. You will also find a guest article by the Ambassador of the United States of America, Dr. Amy Gutmann, an explanatory video on the subject of "structural change", a plea against raising the income threshold for statutory health insurance contributions, and much more.
Special Issue 18/22:
#DAT2022: Strong economy. Strong Germany.
At the German #Arbeitgebertag 2022, we welcomed numerous national and international speakers from politics, business and society. Thank you for all the exciting speeches and discussions at DAT2022! And, of course, many thanks to the #sponsors and to all those involved, without whom this event would not have been possible.
Modern regulations in working time law instead of new working time bureaucracy
Great events are casting their shadows ahead...on September 13, the German Employers' Day 2022 will take place. We are looking forward to many top-class speakers, such as CDU party chairman Friedrich Merz, who has written the guest article on "Germany must reinvent its business model" in this AGENDA issue. In addition, Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger presents his ideas for a new working time law.
Fighting inflation effectively together
In the current BDA AGENDA, our CEO, Steffen Kampeter, emphasizes the importance of a joint effort to tackle inflation. You will also find a commentary by Sarna Röser, who calls entrepreneurship a "life insurance for the German economy. Furthermore, it deals with the topics of equal opportunities, a hybrid working world and much more.
An end to sleepwalking - Resolutely out of the crisis
Skilled workers and employees are in demand everywhere. With the start of the training year, young people once again have the opportunity to make the most of their chances. Many training positions are still available. The BDA is also looking for skilled workers. You can find out more about this and read a plea from Elke Hannack, Deputy Chairwoman of the German Trade Union Federation, for a cultural change in continuing education and much more in the current issue of BDA AGENDA.
When the lights go out in companies, no one is helped
In the current issue of BDA Agenda, BDA Chief Executive Steffen Kampeter warns that we must prioritize our resilience to gas supply disruptions. The crises are overlapping. With such a complex situation, we need balanced and pragmatic solutions. Our topic of the week is the SHI financing gap. Also worth reading: The appeal for more courage in the commentary of the week by Martin Seiler. Our 10-point plan on labor migration and much more await you in this week's issue.
Finding the best solutions together
In the current issue of BDA Agenda, employer president Dr. Rainer Dulger emphasizes that we can only solve this crisis together, because we have a shared responsibility. You will also find a commentary by ZDH President Hans Peter Wollseifer on securing skilled workers and our position on the topic of administrative digitization, where Germany is lagging far behind. This and much more awaits you.
Special issue 12/22:
#futurework22 - for a sustainable design of the working world
More than 2,500 participants on site at the EUREF Campus and in the livestream: The #futurework22 - the largest festival on the future of work in Germany - was again a complete success! The topic "sustainable design of the working world" was the focus of the numerous discussions and workshops with the 46 speakers. In this special edition you will find, among other things, the best impressions around the event. Take a look right now!
Strengthen the economy!
Diversity is increasingly recognized as a success factor in companies. Dr. Claudia Brandkamp from Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH explains how prevention against violence in the workplace can succeed. In addition, the "Summer of Vocational Training" will focus this time on the "Importance of Practical Experience". And don't forget: #futurework22 will take place on June 23, 2022. Register now!
Let's get it on!
Two key topics in the new issue of the BDA Agenda are the "MINT Spring Report" and the "Summer of Vocational Training". You will also find a guest commentary by the federal chairman of Bündnis90/Die Grünen, Omid Nouripour MdB, on the topic of the "energy revolution" and two constitutional assessments of the Minimum Wage Increase Act. We wish you interesting reading!
Strong Economy - Secure Germany
Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger promotes "Summer of Vocational Training," a new era of our social partner begins with Yasmin Fahimi at the helm, a guest commentary by Federal Minister Christian Lindner on the topic of "supply policy" and many other exciting topics can be found in the new issue of BDA Agenda.
Averting damage from collective bargaining autonomy
The Minimum Wage Increase Act was not only a topic in the German Bundestag on April 28, 2022, but also at our Lunchtalk. You can read more about this in the current BDA Agenda. We also discuss Girls'Day/Boys'Day, which takes place today, and the Hertie Foundation's current campaign on multiple sclerosis in the workplace.
In the current issue of BDA Agenda, Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger emphasizes that the most important goal at present is: security. We can only achieve this with a strong economy. You will also find a commentary by Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm on economic development in Germany and the euro zone, as well as our position on BAföG. Expanding BAföG is the wrong way to go. This and much more awaits you.
Strong companies - secure Germany
Protecting tariff autonomy
The spirit of Ludwig Erhard belongs back at the cabinet table
Strengthening trust and planning security
In the new issue of the BDA Agenda, BDA Managing Director Steffen Kampeter emphasizes the importance of planning security and trust. In our "Topic of the Week" we look at the excellent training opportunities for young people, and in the "Report from Brussels" we look at the EU Commission's higher education strategy. This and much more awaits you.
More cooperation, respect and support
In the first issue of the BDA Agenda in 2022, BDA Managing Director Steffen Kampeter calls for more cooperation, respect and support from political leaders and the traffic light government. In our "Topic of the Week," we look at pension policy responses to demographic change. "Inclusion: Uniform points of contact for employers is the topic of the "Extra of the Week".
Confidence and drive for 2022
In the new BDA agenda, Employer President Dulger looks ahead to the new year with optimism. What was particularly relevant in the EU in 2021 and what awaits us in 2022? That's answered in the Topic of the Week. A Christmas greeting from the BDA communications team and much more awaits you.
Respect for corporate responsibility
In the new BDA agenda, CEO Steffen Kampeter looks forward to the cooperation of social partner employers & social democrat Scholz. Other topics include the International Labor Conference (ILO) and an update on the EU's planned minimum wage and wage transparency directives.
There is magic in every beginning
For a departure that makes our country sustainably strong
New opportunities for reform
For a sustainable economic recovery
Germany after the election
For a strong business location
September 9, 2021
Making social systems fit for the future
Legal certainty for vaccination status query!
Europe for growth and value creation
In the current issue, read the appeal by employers' president Rainer Dulger on the current vaccination appeal and the call for the new German government to put social security systems at the top of its agenda. In the commentary, Florian Hahn, CDU/CSU Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union, reflects on growth and value creation for Europe. In the Topic of the Week, we report on the conference on the future of Europe and the core demands of employers. In addition, our virtual lunchtalk series starts again after the summer break with many interesting actors and topics. You can find registration options in the agenda.
Update for the world of work and social systems
Read the viewpoint of Steffen Kampeter, BDA Executive Director, in the current issue on the German government's annual social report. In the Commentary of the Week, home office is seen as a win-win for everyone by Dr. Mathias Bartke MdB, Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs. Modern and flexible working time legislation is also the topic of the week.
Defending common values
In the current issue, read the appeal by Steffen Kampeter, BDA Executive Director, for solidarity with the flood victims. In the Topic of the Week, the impact of U.S. entry restrictions on the German economy is highlighted. German-American friendship is also the subject of the Commentary of the Week by Prof. Dr. Andrew Ullmann MdB, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Group USA.
Full speed ahead in education - learning from the pandemic
Read the viewpoint of Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger in the current issue, who reminds us that education belongs at the top of the agenda. This week's topic is the "Summer of Vocational Training." There, we are partners in the Alliance for Vocational Training and Continuing Education to intensify vocational orientation and attract school leavers to in-company training. Training is also the subject of the commentary by Claudia Müller MdB, SME representative for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group. Also of interest are the EU's new priorities in occupational health and safety. By the way: Don't slack off on vaccinations and testing!
June 24, 2021
Less regulation, more entrepreneurial spirit
In the current issue, read the viewpoint of Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger, who warns that without strengthening the economy, we will be neither climate-neutral nor an industrial nation in the future. The shortage of skilled workers is one of the braking blocks for companies and therefore our topic of the week. Among other exciting information, you will also learn how the EU's new Covid certificate works and why the free movement of persons can finally be capitalized on again in times of a pandemic.
Special issue 13/21:
#FUTUREWORK21 - The new working world after the pandemic
Read the viewpoint of BDA CEO Steffen Kampeter in the current issue. With a packed program, around 50 speakers and almost 4,000 guests on the livestream, #futurework21 was a great success again this year. It's worth taking a look at the photo gallery or the videos. The SME check by Microsoft and BDA is also particularly informative - the majority of Germany's SMEs have good prerequisites for a successful new start after the Corona crisis. Find out which factors are decisive for this in the current BDA Agenda.
Cohesion instead of division - parts of politics on the wrong track
In the current issue, read the viewpoint of BDA CEO Steffen Kampeter, who counters the divisive forces in politics by not just thinking about the election date, but thinking about our future. We want to move our country forward together. We will show that again when it comes to vaccination. On the occasion of the vaccination summit, vaccination is also the topic of the week. The report on the EU Blue Card and the MINT trend report are also particularly informative. And if you don't want to miss #Futurework21, you can find the direct link to registration in the agenda.
Special issue 11/21:
#wirtschaftsindwiralle - We Employers for the Bundestag Election
Read the current issue here with a viewpoint from Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger. In this special issue of the BDA Agenda, you can read our expectations of policymakers and the next German government, which we have summarized in an 8-point paper. Creating good working conditions is not just a slogan or advertising slogan for companies, but a reality in the workplace. Companies in Germany are doing a lot to make their working conditions not just good, but very good. To achieve this, we need good framework conditions.
Social Market Economy Must Not Be a Blank Space
Here you will find the current issue, including a statement by the President of the German Employers' Association, Dr. Rainer Dulger. The topic of the week is the German government's current poverty/wealth report. In the report from Brussels, everything revolves around the developments of the social summit in Porto. Young talent is important to us employers. That's why a BDA discussion panel at the didacta education fair was devoted to the topic of "Teacher training in and after Corona," in line with publication "Improving teacher training.
Vaccination is economic policy
Here you will find the current issue, including a viewpoint from Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger. With May 1 just around the corner, the topic of the week is, of course, all about work. We would also like to take this opportunity to mention our #Futurework21 festival. For us employers, the social market economy also remains important. That's why we look forward to a commentary on the week from Dr. Carsten Linnemann MdB. Otherwise, all we can say is: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!
Corona Crisis - Closing of ranks needed between politics & business
Read the current issue here, including a viewpoint from Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger. The issue also contains the topic of the week: digitization on the occasion of this week's Hannover Messe. The issue is also devoted to the topic of 70 years of coal and steel co-determination. You can also read interesting facts about inclusion and training.
We test what the stuff holds!
Read the current issue here with, among other things, a viewpoint by Steffen Kampeter, BDA Chief Executive, which is devoted in particular to the subject of corona testing. The issue also contains the topic of the week: short-time work and vacation entitlement as well as a well-filled media review, this time also with audio contributions, and news from our members.
The key lies in vaccinating and testing
Read the current issue here, including a viewpoint from Employer President Dr. Rainer Dulger and the topic of the week: Digitization and sustainability in every dual training program as part of Training Week. The issue also includes a Comment of the Week by Tilman Kuban, Federal Chairman of Germany's Junge Union, a report from Brussels on the Pay Transparency Directive, and the video of the week for our 'Social Partners Employers in Dialog' livetalk series.
If politics & business pull together, we can gain a lot of trust
Read the current issue here, including a viewpoint from employer president Dr. Rainer Dulger and the topic of the week: collective agreement on care for the elderly. The issue also contains a commentary of the week by Gesamtmetall President Dr. Stefan Wolf, an article on the European social partners' deliberations on platform work, and an interesting special on our virtual event series "Social Partners Employers in Dialog", in which Till Brönner has already participated.
Entrepreneurs and employees finally need a clear perspective
Read the current issue here, including a viewpoint from Steffen Kampeter, BDA Executive Director, and the topic of the week: supply chains. The issue also contains an exciting Twitter discussion with Federal Minister Heil and information on the report on strengthening social dialogue in the EU.