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.
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.
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:
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
News: 06 NOVEMBER 2019
Allen & Overy has advised Kendrion N.V. (Kendrion), headquartered in Zeist (Netherlands) on acquiring INTORQ GmbH & Co. KG (INTORQ), a German manufacturer of brakes and clutches.Read more
Publications: 09 OCTOBER 2019
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 Cambridge Analytica, which have exposed the limited assistance available for people seeking to expose wrongful corporate behaviour in the public interest.Read more
Publications: 13 JUNE 2019
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.Read more
Publications: 22 MAY 2019
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 system, the hours and overtime actually worked cannot be reliably measured and employees' ability to enforce their rights cannot be guaranteed.Read more