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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, Dr Hans-Peter Löw, Thomas Ubber and counsels Boris Blunck, Dr Bettina Scharff, Dr Sebastian Schulz, Sören Seidel and Peter Wehner 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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News: 11 MAY 2021

Haniel sells ELG with the assistance of Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy advises Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH on the sale of ELG Haniel GmbH ("ELG") to Luxembourg-based steel producer Aperam S.A.

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News: 23 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy advised House of HR on the acquisition of German avanti group

Allen & Overy has advised House of HR, the leading European service group active in the field of HR, in connection with the implementation of its German expansion plans by the acquisition of German…

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Publications: 19 APRIL 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation: Mandatory testing offer

After weeks of tough wrangling, the Federal Cabinet has decided to oblige companies throughout Germany to offer coronavirus tests to their employees. This obligation will be included in the SARS-CoV-2…

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Publications: 22 MARCH 2021

Whistleblower protection in Germany to be expanded beyond EU law requirements

Companies in Germany should be aware of Germany’s looming implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1937). The now available first working draft bill for a Whistleblower…

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