Employment Law

We have one of the largest and highest-capacity employment law practices in the German market. While the focus of our advisory services is on collective employment law, we are also very competent advisors in the area of individual employment law. And something very unusual for a large law firm: we have a long tradition of providing top quality advice in all areas of employment law, not only in the context of transactions – even though it goes without saying that we also provide transaction advice with great expertise. Our many years of experience help us ensure that our clients in both the private and the public sector receive efficient and excellent advice.

The large size of our team means that we have significant capacities in the area of employment law and, therefore, can respond at any time, even at very short notice, to an increased demand for advice. It further means that our clients can benefit from a very broad range of advisory services and that we are also in a position to cover all special areas of employment law, such as collective bargaining law, company pension schemes or the protection of employee data, and to provide an appropriately qualified lawyer at any time.

Each company has a unique identity and culture, which is why our advisory services are tailored to suit your needs. Our team provides great legal and economic expertise and is able to develop a thorough understanding of the special operational needs of your company. We advise you at a national and international level because comprehensive employment law advice often requires taking into account EU law and European jurisprudence, and also because issues involving international aspects account for an increasingly larger share of the advisory services rendered. With our offices in Europe and Asia and our international network of partner law firms, we are very well positioned worldwide.

Our approach to solving problems includes carrying out a legal assessment taking into account the economic goals, the practical feasibility of possible solutions, and the question of whether these solutions can be communicated to the workforce, the owners and the public. Only then can we develop the ideal solution for all employment law issues together with you and successfully implement this solution on a long-term basis at your company.

Our Range of Advisory Services

Restructuring
  • Advising on business restructurings, including the splitting, merging and closing of businesses
  • Assisting with corporate restructurings, in particular, advising on matters relating to co-determination in supervisory bodies
  • Providing advice in connection with transformations, for example, a company’s transformation into an SE or cross-border mergers, including conducting negotiations with employee representatives
  • Advising on business transfers
  • Providing insolvency employment law advice
Works Constitution
  • Negotiating with works councils
  • Advising on co-determination issues, works agreements, reconciliation-of-interests agreements and social compensation plans
  • Advising on arbitration committee proceedings
  • Advising on the introduction of modern remuneration systems
  • Advising on how to make working time models more flexible
  • Drafting work rules, labour standards and working time models
  • Drafting guidelines for the posting of employees
Collective Bargaining Law and Industrial Action
  • Advising on matters pertaining to collective bargaining law, a change of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, company-specific bargaining agreements and supplementary collective bargaining agreements
  • Negotiating with trade unions
  • Litigating to avoid strikes
Employee-related Services
  • Drafting employment and service contracts, of whatever kind
  • Advising on the termination of employment contracts, the right to give notice, and cancellation agreements
  • Advising on the liability of management board members and managing directors/D&O liability
  • Advising on stock option plans and variable remuneration models
  • Advising on employee invention law
  • Litigation
  • Advising on the protection of employee data
Matters Involving International Aspects
  • Advising on the posting of employees, including drafting contracts for expats
  • Advising on foreign employment law
Company Pension Schemes
  • Structuring, closing, modifying or restricting pension funds
  • Enforcing pension claims
  • Carrying out due diligence reviews under company pension law and drafting contracts in connection with transactions
  • Contractual Trust Arrangement (CTA)
  • Setting up and modifying company pension systems
  • Advising on the transfer of company pensions
  • Advising on company pension law in the context of a company’s liquidation or insolvency
Social Security Law for Companies
  • Providing compliance advice with regard to social security law, in particular, assisting during audits by pension insurers 
  • Advising on whether an activity is subject to or exempt from mandatory social security contributions, in particular, carrying out proceedings to determine a person’s status for social security purposes
  • Providing structuring advice (at national and international levels) and drafting contracts
  • Advising employers on contributions and benefits law, in particular, on unemployment benefits, wage subsidy allowances during short-time work and pensions
  • Advising on tax and social security issues in connection with personnel-related measures (outplacements, volunteering, social compensation schemes)
  • Representing clients before public authorities and social courts

Key Contact >>

Key Contact

Paul Schreiner

Partner

T +49 201 9220 11691

Team Employment Law

Hans-Christian Ackermann
Partner
Dusseldorf

Cyrielle Therese Ax
Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Achim Braner
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Axel Braun
Partner
Cologne

Pascal Brinkmann, LL.M. (Stellenbosch)
Partner
Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Kerstin Belovitzer
Counsel
Stuttgart

Sebastian Blasius
Senior Associate
Singapore

Anna Büscher
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Marcus Bertz
Associate
Berlin

Eva Blatt
Associate
Cologne

Nadine Ceruti
Senior Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr. Christoph Corzelius
Associate
Cologne

Christian Dworschak
Partner
Munich

Lucas Dahlmeier
Associate
Essen

Caroline Dressel
Associate
Stuttgart

Sebastian Fedder
Partner
Hamburg

Andrea Fehr, LL.M. (Singapur)
Senior Associate
Singapore

Kerstin Gröne
Counsel
Cologne

Dr Paul Gooren, LL.M. (Chicago)
Senior Associate
Berlin

Katharina Gorontzi, LL.M.
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Lukas Gallenkämper
Associate
Dusseldorf

Alexej Goldberg
Associate
Hamburg

Joschka Gommers
Associate
Hamburg

Ines Gutt
Associate
Essen

Dietmar Heise
Partner
Stuttgart

Veronica Irazabal Salcedo, LL.M.
Associate
Singapore

Ann-Marie Jüttner
Associate
Stuttgart

Dr Martin Kolmhuber
Counsel
Cologne

Shi Yin Khoo
Associate
Kuala Lumpur

KONG Yuwei / 孔雨薇 LL.M. (ECUPL / München)
Associate
Shanghai

Fabian Lorenz, M.A.
Senior Associate
Bangkok, Yangon

Dominik Ledwon, LL.M. (Norwich)
Associate
Cologne

LI Xinyi / 李辛夷 LL.M. (Tongji / HU Berlin)
Associate
Shanghai

Dr Anna Mayr
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Alexander Möllmann
Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Stefanie Prehm
Partner
Cologne

Robert Pacholski
Senior Associate
Leipzig

Jonas Paukner
Associate
Hamburg

Rumyana Prodanova, MLE
Associate
Delhi-Gurugram

QIN Anqi / 秦安琪 LL.M. (Nanjing University)
Senior Associate
Shanghai

Dr Eva Maria K. Rütz, LL.M.
Partner
Dusseldorf, Cologne

Dr Joachim Reichenberger, LL.M., EMBA (Washington D.C)
Counsel
Munich

Michael Rinke
Of Counsel
Cologne

Dr Hilmar Rölz, MLE
Senior Associate
Hanover

Dr Volker Schneider
Partner
Hamburg

Paul Schreiner
Partner
Essen

Marie Sinniger
Partner
Luxembourg

Prof Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück
Partner
Berlin

Katrin Süßbrich
Partner
Cologne

Sandra Sfinis
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Dr SHEN Yuan / 沈媛 博士 LL.M. (CUPL/Köln)
Senior Associate
Cologne

Nina Stephan
Senior Associate
Essen

Maurice Straub
Senior Associate
Cologne

Andre Schüttauf
Associate
Essen

Klaus Thönißen, LL.M. (San Francisco)
Partner
Essen

Thorsten Tilch
Senior Associate
Leipzig

Jana Anna Voigt
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Anne-Laure Wach
Senior Associate
Luxembourg

Lorenz Widmer, MLaw
Associate
Singapore

Martina Ziffels
Counsel
Hamburg

Dr Sarah Zimmermann
Senior Associate
Cologne

Daniel Zintl
Senior Associate
Leipzig

ZHANG Qianjie / 章倩婕, LL.M. (CUPL & Hamburg)
Associate
Shanghai