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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 Dr Hans-Peter Löw, Thomas Ubber, Markulf Behrendt and counsels Dr Bettina Scharff, Sören Seidel, Peter Wehner and Boris Blunck 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 & insights

Publications: 21 APRIL 2020

Introduction of short-time work – what steps employers in Germany must take now

In view of the current economic plight of many companies, the question arises as to how the effects of the corona crisis can be limited quickly, effectively and sustainably. The concept of short-time…

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Publications: 09 OCTOBER 2019

New EU Whistleblower Directive adopted – scandals necessitated reforms

Whistleblowers have been making headlines almost every month these past years – and this follows a string of scandals such as LuxLeaks, Panama and the Paradise Papers as well as Dieselgate and…

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Publications: 13 JUNE 2019

ECJ ruling on working time records - practical impact for your European workforce

Employers are required to establish a system to measure their employees’ daily hours worked, the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has said in a recent and widely-publicised ruling.

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Publications: 22 MAY 2019

ECJ ruling: EU member states must require employers to record working time systematically

On 14 May 2019 the ECJ ruled that EU member states must require employers to establish an objective, reliable and accessible system for measuring their employees' daily working times. Without such a…

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