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CMS-Product FPE (use of external personnel)

Online check on status of external personnel

CMS-Product FPE (use of external personnel)

Innovative and digital advisory offer for avoiding risks when using external personnel

The use of external personnel is coming under increasing scrutiny by the social security agencies, with investigations by the relevant authorities – including customs officials – now more and more common.

Legally "incorrect" use of external personnel exposes the employer to two risks that should not be underestimated. Firstly, the company may face substantial additional costs and large fines. Secondly, there is the risk of personal liability on the part of the responsible individuals, including criminal liability due to evasion of social security contributions. Media reporting on investigations by public prosecutors or customs authorities also typically results in considerable reputational damage for the company concerned.

More background information regarding the use of external personnel is available for you in our CMS Blog or in our section for employment newsletters.

Online check on status of external personnel

CMS has developed the online product FPE (Fremdpersonaleinsatz = use of external personnel), a tool that allows businesses to avoid unintentional false self-employment and bogus contracts for work / services. It will enable your company to reliably assess the use of external personnel within a matter of minutes. FPE is based on the knowledge and experience gained by CMS in many thousands of real-life situations previously assessed "by hand".

Efficient processes to assess deployment of external personnel

Each employee authorised by the company to do so can access CMS FPE from anywhere and at any time. Substantial cost and time savings are possible compared with manual assessment by internal or third-party staff of how external personnel are deployed.

How does CMS FPE work?

Using Internet access and a password, you can log on to the CMS FPE website and conduct the assessment yourself. The questions around the use of external personnel require a simple “Yes” or “No” answer, with the number of questions and their content adapting to user input during the assessment process. Rather than working your way through a standard list of questions, each FPE assessment is thus tailored to the specific case. Your input is evaluated arithmetically on the basis of a dynamic flowchart and sophisticated weighting logic.

Assessment of external personnel by departments

The questions on deployment of external personnel can be answered by the relevant departments without requiring any specialist legal knowledge. You are presented with the result immediately, based on a traffic light system, together with a specific explanation. If the FPE assessment outcome is “green”, for example, the task can be performed under a contract for work or services. If the result is “red”, either the way in which external personnel is used must be changed significantly or a “genuine” temporary employment contract concluded, for example.

Have a look at this video to get an idea how FPE can support your business.


If you have any questions about the product and its possible uses, please refer to your contact at CMS or get in touch with us at: [email protected]