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Employment and Benefits

Employment law at the highest level of quality – locally and globally

Our German Employment and Benefits team advises national and international companies on all aspects of collective labour and individual employment law. It represents clients at every level in labour courts.

In focus

Partners Markulf Behrendt, Thomas Ubber, Peter Wehner and counsel Dr Bettina Scharff and Dr Sebastian Schulz lead a team of more than 20 employment lawyers. We have extensive expertise in company sales and acquisitions, merger and integration processes as well as restructuring and outsourcing. We are experienced in negotiation strategies of employee representatives, their legal advisors and trade unions – from reconciliation of interests or social compensation plans, to conciliation committees and major reorganisations.

Our expertise

The team specialises in collective bargaining and industrial action law, HR compliance, co-determination at company level, company remuneration policies (variable remuneration systems and employee share plans) and company pension schemes as well as conclusion and termination of employment contracts with management board members and managing directors.

We have access to specialists in key industries:

  • automotive
  • banking
  • chemical
  • healthcare
  • IT
  • logistics
  • transport
  • insurance.

National and international legal directories regularly recommend our partners as leading legal advisors in German employment law.

International Employment and Benefits practice

We offer national and international companies comprehensive and effective legal advice on cross-border employment.

We work closely with the German Employment and Benefits team and many others.  

News and insights


Blog Post: 11 January 2023

Collective bargaining capacity: No particularities in the care sector

Following the widely debated decisions of the Federal Labour Court (BAG) and the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) on the lack of collective bargaining capacity of the DHV, the Federal Labour…

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Blog Post: 22 December 2022

ECJ: Deviation from the principle of equality

For more than 20 years, the principle of equality has been one of the fundamental principles of German temporary employment law. In very simplified terms, it states that temporary workers must not be…

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Publications: 21 December 2022

Gender diversity on corporate boards

What to expect from the new EU Women on Boards Directive, including the practical changes for your management structure and the impact on the national legislation of each Member State.

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Blog Post: 21 December 2022

Year after year - Vacation chaos over the holidays

Every year, the topic of vacation around the Christmas holidays offers potential for conflict in the company. What happens if not all vacation wishes can be fulfilled? Which employees have priority?…

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Leave in Germany – Quota and practical arrangements

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Download our brochure

Stay on top of the things! This brochure aims to give an overview of the various leave types in Germany including maternity leave, parental leave and childcare leave. In times of an increasing importance of work-life balance for employees, this brochure contains all basics employers need to know about quotas, practical arrangements and remuneration modalities.