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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

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: Managing your workforce throughout the pandemic – can you require employees to have the vaccine before they return to the workplace?

In the latest in our series of webinars, members of Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team discussed the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and…

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Publications: 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus and global employment law: Managing your workforce throughout the pandemic – part 3

In the third in our series of webinars, members of Allen & Overy’s Global Employment team discussed the significant issues and challenges that employers need to prioritise in relation to managing and…

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Publications: 15 OCTOBER 2020

Covid-19 update: Reduction of variable remuneration in respect of the Covid-19 pandemic – Questions we are being asked in Germany

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused immense economic damage. During the first quarter of 2020 only, German economic output dropped by 10.1%, leading to considerable revenue losses for German companies.…

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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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