The Realities of Working with German Works Councils

The Realities of Working with German Works Councils *NEW*

Understand the role of works councils and how to work with them effectively

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Price: £160 + VAT
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International start times: 16:30 CEST / 15:30 BST / 10:30 EST / 07:30 PST

Duration: 60 minutes

Works councils are an integral part of the employment framework that governs organisations operating in Germany. They are also a persistent source of concern for foreign HR professionals responsible for German workforces.

Works councils play a crucial role in consenting to business changes such as restructures, transfers, dismissals and operational changes. For organisations to operate effectively and avoid undue hinderance it is crucial to collaborate and work alongside works councils.

This 60 minute webinar will provide an overview of the need to know facts to manage a works council as part of the workforce. Our expert speaker, Edzard Clifton-Dey, will also provide practical advice on developing a positive and co-operative relationship with a works councils.

You will take away a clear understanding of the laws and regulations, including the special provisions retained by works council members and their role in workplace relations.

Maximising value

To ensure you get maximum value from our interactive webinars, you will participate in the following ways:

  • Pre-course questionnaire – pose your questions to the panel prior to the webinar
  • Live video streaming – follow the discussion as the panel present and share views with the audience and fellow panellists
  • Live Q&A feed – ask questions throughout the discussion, hear more and receive clarification on discussion points
  • Post event follow up – connect with speakers following the discussion to build relationships with local lawyers

Highlights include:

  • Build your understanding of German works councils and how they are established
  • Discover the special protection given to members of works councils and the implications for employers
  • Understand what a works council may cost your oeganisation
  • Gain practical tips for building a collaborative relationship with a works council
  • Avoid the common pitfalls employers commonly encounter when managing works councils
  • Establishment of a works council
  • Term of office of a works council
  • Who does the works council represent?
  • Special dismissal protection of works council members
  • Works council meetings
  • Costs of a works council
  • Information, consultation and co-codetermination rights
    • Case study – Dismissal
    • Case study - Outsourcing
  • Practical tips on day today management of works council issues



Edzard Clifton-Dey Edzard Clifton-Dey

Edzard Clifton-Dey

I am a dual qualified (Anglo-German) employment lawyer. I specialise in contentious and non-contentious employment law.  I have a particular expertise in managing cross-border projects involving the co-ordination of advice on employment law issues across multiple jurisdictions, including downsizing and workforce restructuring projects.

I frequently advise employers on day-to-day employment matters in both Germany and England examples of which include managing absence and performance, advising on investigations, disciplinary matters and grievances, drafting employment documentation including senior executives and director service agreements, employment contracts, staff policies, and (cross-border) secondment agreements. I also support our transactional work including advice on the employment aspects of joint ventures, business sales, outsourcing and offshoring exercises.

I am a regular speaker at seminars on international employment matters.  I am one of the General Editors of “Employment Law in Europe” (Bloomsbury Professional, 2009)

This session will be specifically tailored to HR professionals, employee relations advisors, HR Directors and in-house counsel who are managing staff in Germany and would like to focus on the practicalities of working with works councils.

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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