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
  • Designing, closing, modifying or restricting pension schemes
  • Carrying out pension due diligence reviews and drafting contractual agreements in connection with transactions
  • Developing and reviewing contractual trust arrangements (CTAs)
  • Advising on the release from liability for pension obligations in liquidation contexts and upon business successions
  • Advising on all further company pension issues, including as they relate to tax, accounting, insurance contract and insurance supervisory law
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 +49 221 9937 11691

Team Employment Law

Hans-Christian Ackermann
Partner
Dusseldorf

Dr Marco Arteaga
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Volker von Alvensleben
Of Counsel
Hamburg

Cyrielle Therese Ax
Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Sebastian Blasius
Partner
Singapore

Achim Braner
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Axel Braun
Partner
Cologne

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

Kerstin Belovitzer-Franz
Counsel
Stuttgart

Susanne Burkert-Vavilova
Counsel
Essen

Anna Büscher
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Lukas Beismann
Associate
Hanover

Leif Born
Associate
Essen

Kevin Brinkmann LL.M.
Associate
Hamburg

Nadine Ceruti
Counsel
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr Christoph Corzelius
Associate
Cologne

Christian Dworschak
Partner
Munich

Laudine Daniel, LL.M.
Senior Associate
Singapore

Audrey Duffner
Associate
Hamburg

Sebastian Fedder
Partner
Hamburg

Dr Paul Gooren, LL.M. (Chicago)
Partner
Berlin

Kerstin Gröne
Partner
Cologne

Katharina Gorontzi, LL.M.
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Lukas Gallenkämper
Associate
Dusseldorf

Daniel Greger
Associate
Hamburg

Dietmar Heise
Partner
Stuttgart

Dr Marilen Hilbert
Counsel
Stuttgart

Jan Hansen
Senior Associate
Cologne

Esther Haas
Associate
Cologne

Swe Yee Htun
Associate
Yangon

Veronica Irazabal Salcedo, LL.M.
Associate
Singapore

Ann-Marie Jüttner
Senior Associate
Stuttgart

Kathy Just
Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr Martin Kolmhuber
Counsel
Cologne

Shi Yin Khoo, M.A. (Cantab)
Senior Associate
Kuala Lumpur

Lisa Kraayvanger
Associate
Hanover

Fabian Lorenz, M.A.
Partner
Bangkok, Singapore

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

Katharina Müller, LL.M. oec.
Partner
Cologne

Lars Christian Möller
Counsel
Stuttgart

Dr Anna Mayr
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Alexander Möllmann
Senior Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Janina Ott
Associate
Stuttgart

Robert Pacholski
Senior Associate
Leipzig

Joschka Pietzsch
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Janina Plückthun
Associate
Cologne

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

Caroline Risse
Associate
Berlin

Dr Astrid Schnabel, LL.M. (Emory)
Partner
Hamburg

Dr Volker Schneider
Partner
Hamburg

Paul Schreiner
Partner
Cologne

Sandra Sfinis
Partner
Hamburg

Marie Sinniger
Partner
Luxembourg

Prof. Dr Robert von Steinau-Steinrück
Partner
Berlin

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

Nina Stephan
Counsel
Essen

Dr Isabel Schäfer
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Frank Schmaus
Senior Associate
Essen

Andre Schüttauf
Senior Associate
Essen

Hannah-Laura Schütte
Associate
Cologne, Stuttgart

Pia Analena Schweers
Associate
Essen

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

Thorsten Tilch
Senior Associate
Leipzig

Thiri May Thu
Associate
Yangon

Dr Annekatrin Veit
Partner
Munich

Jana Anna Voigt
Senior Associate
Dusseldorf

Sebastian Walthierer
Senior Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Hla Yadanar Win
Associate
Yangon

Martina Ziffels
Counsel
Hamburg

Dr Sarah Zimmermann
Senior Associate
Cologne

Daniel Zintl
Senior Associate
Leipzig

Jan Zimmer
Associate
Singapore

Events

26.10.2022 Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Anna-Schneider-Steig 22, 50678 Cologne or hybrid
ICC Arbitration Forum I „Arbitration in Supply Chains & Human Rights“
Workshop >>
27.10.2022 Luxembourg
Aspects juridiques de la reprise d’une entreprise
Legal aspects of taking over a company
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25.11.2022 Holiday Inn Munich Westpark Albert-Roßhaupter-Straße 45 81369 München
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