Truly German: ELENA

ELENA stands for Elektronischer Entgeltnachweis and was introduced in Germany at the beginning of 2010.

Companies now have to report details about their employees on a monthly basis to a new Government agency.  These include their wages, but also the number of days holiday or even on strike that they had.

The German Government has claimed that it will reduce paperwork and beaurocracy for companies, but my experience with the new system this week left me with a different opinion, as you can hear in the podcast:

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