Employment Law Germany

Employment Law Germany

Get an overview of the employment law framework operating in Germany

London: 12th October 2017
London: 8th March 2018

Price: £550 + VAT
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This Employment Law Germany seminar provides key insights into the employment law framework governing Germany. If you are, or are likely to be, responsible for staff in Germany you will need to be up to date on the legal framework in order to prevent costly mistakes for your business. With a legal system that has been heavily influenced by the social situation of the country, German employers operate very differently.

In one day you will get a German employment law update covering:

  • An overview of the German employment law framework
  • Hiring employees, background screening and contracts of employment
  • Day to day employee management in Germany
  • Collective bargaining and relationships with trade unions
  • Termination of employment 
  • Future developments in German labour law

Highlights include:

  • Gain an appreciation of current and prospective legislation and relevant case law in Germany
  • Recognise key differences in the employment scene from the position in other countries
  • Benefit from case study based learning to put the law into practice
  • Facilitated by leading lawyer Frank Achilles from Eversheds, who has extensive experience advising clients on German employment law

An overview of the employment law framework in Germany

  • Setting the scene: Germany’s labour market and legal framework
  • What is so different about German employment law?
  • Current trends and developments

Hiring employees, background screening and contracts of employment

  • Practical advice on drafting terms and conditions of employment
  • An update on annual leave, working time, employee remuneration, sick pay, holiday entitlement
  • References
  • Cost of employing in Germany – social security contributions and typical contractual benefits



Day to day employee management

  • Highlighting some key differences in approach
  • Equal treatment of employees : what is the situation in Germany?
  • Understanding the Equal Treatment Act and the scope of provisions
  • Discipline and grievances



Collective bargaining and relationships with trade unions

  • Working with the works council: the relationship, pre-conditions and participation rights
  • Understanding how the works council becomes involved in personnel matters: preparing your HR team
  • Dismissal consultation: the rules

Termination of employment

  • Ways of terminating employment
  • General unfair dismissal protection
  • Special dismissal protection and works council involvement
  • Employment tribunals



What’s on the horizon?

  • Future developments in labour law
  • Concerns for employers

Questions and answers


End of seminar

Frank Achilles

Frank Achilles

Frank Achilles is an Employment Partner in Eversheds Germany. He advises on all questions regarding individual and collective labour law including employment litigation. His speciality is planning and advising on workforce restructuring projects as well as advising on the employment aspects of company mergers and acquisitions. He regularly works with UK and US clients. Frank studied Law at Ludwig-Maximilians- Univerisat in Munich. He has been with Eversheds Germany since 2000.

Designed for HR directors and managers, employment law advisers, employee relations professionals and line managers who have, or expect to have, responsibility for staff in Germany.

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

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The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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