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soweit nur der Arbeitgeber tarifgebunden ist

English translation: to the extent to which [if] only (the) employer is bound by such collective (bargaining) agreements

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11:11 Jul 5, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law: Contract(s) / Employment contract
German term or phrase: soweit nur der Arbeitgeber tarifgebunden ist
Geltung von Betriebsvereinbarungen und Tarifvertraegen

Auf das Arbeitsverhaeltnis finden keine Tarifvertraege Anwendung, soweit nur der Arbeitgeber tarifgebunden ist. Ausgenommen hiervon sind etwaige Haustarifvertrege, deren Bestimmungen Anwendung unabhaengig von einer Gewerkschaftszughoerigkeit des Mitarbeiters Anwendung finden.

My problem is with the first sentence. As I understand it the sentence is saying:

As the employer is only bound by collective bargaining agreements, wage agreements do not apply to the employment contract.

But does this make sense? Is there a difference between collective bargaining agreements (Tarifvertraege) and wage agreements (tarifgebunden).
Lorna O'Donoghue
Local time: 00:51
English translation:to the extent to which [if] only (the) employer is bound by such collective (bargaining) agreements
Explanation:
"Auf das Arbeitsverhältnis finden keine Tarifverträge Anwendung, soweit nur der Arbeitgeber tarifgebunden ist." means "Auf das Arbeitsverhältnis finden keine Tarifverträge Anwendung, bei denen nur der Arbeitgeber [implicit: nicht jedoch der Arbeitnehmer] tarifgebunden ist."

tarifgebunden = an den/einen Tarifvertrag gebunden (identical meaning)

Hence, the employment contract shall not be subject to [governed by] collective (bargaining) agreements to the extent to which only the employer is bound by such agreement(s).

"to the extent to which" could also be replaced with the plain and simple "if" in this case.
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Steffen Walter
Germany
Local time: 01:51
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Thanks Steffen for the explanation. The penny has dropped!
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3 +3to the extent to which [if] only (the) employer is bound by such collective (bargaining) agreements
Steffen Walter


  

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to the extent to which [if] only (the) employer is bound by such collective (bargaining) agreements


Explanation:
"Auf das Arbeitsverhältnis finden keine Tarifverträge Anwendung, soweit nur der Arbeitgeber tarifgebunden ist." means "Auf das Arbeitsverhältnis finden keine Tarifverträge Anwendung, bei denen nur der Arbeitgeber [implicit: nicht jedoch der Arbeitnehmer] tarifgebunden ist."

tarifgebunden = an den/einen Tarifvertrag gebunden (identical meaning)

Hence, the employment contract shall not be subject to [governed by] collective (bargaining) agreements to the extent to which only the employer is bound by such agreement(s).

"to the extent to which" could also be replaced with the plain and simple "if" in this case.

Steffen Walter
Germany
Local time: 01:51
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in category: 625
Grading comment
Thanks Steffen for the explanation. The penny has dropped!

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agree  Julia Michel: Exactly! :-)
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