Germany has codified employment standards legislation which will determine the respective rights and obligations of employers and employees in Germany. There are specialized employment law courts in every jurisdiction in Germany. Termination periods are set by law as are vacation entitlement and any entitlement to receive compensation on termination of employment. As a result, German employment law is predictable for individuals in this jurisdiction. Without proper legal advice, it is often unpredictable for foreign companies doing business in Germany.
Due to our lengthy experience in setting up start up businesses and representing established companies, we can effectively structure German employment agreements going in and termination agreements going out for employees and management. We provide advice on the pitfalls of hiring independent contractors in Germany. One of our key skills is to negotiate an appropriate settlement number when relationships end, taking into account the length of employment and factual constraints of each case, such as long-term disability and works council membership and other special termination protection provided by German law. We also have considerable experience in appearing before German labour courts of the first instance and at the appellate levels not only in Munich but also in other major cities, including Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Dresden and Hamburg.
Due to our breadth of experience before the German labour courts, we are able to provide clients faced with a claim of unjust termination from employees in Germany with an assessment of their legal position and chances for success as well as a clear understanding of every step of the legal process they will face in Germany.