Persönliche Kompetenzen

Persönliche Kompetenzen

Key Aspects of Employment and Labour Law in Germany


Executives and line managers who have no knowledge or only basic knowledge of German Employment law and industrial relations


Even an excellent leader has to have a certain legal background to avoid costly court cases and to create a larger employee satisfaction. She/he needs an early warning system that tells them to seek advice from the HR Department. Participants will gain basic knowledge both of employment and labour law (Betriebsverfassung).


  • Principles of German Employment law
    • The role of employment law within the legal system in Germany
    • The hierarchy of German employment law
  • Individual labour law
    • Discrimination-free recruitment process
    • The basis of any employment and the employment contract
    • Employee or freelance worker?
    • The specific situation of agency workers
    • Fixed term employment
    • Rights and duties of employees and employer
    • Supervisor’s right to give directions: empowerment and delegation
    • Disciplining process
    • Termination process: notice period, authorization, letter of reference
  • Rights and obligations ensuing from the employment relationship
    • Anti-discrimination legislation and jurisprudence
    • Part time employment
    • Working hours as per collective agreement and hours of work act
    • Holiday entitlement and holiday schedule as per Federal Vacation Act
    • Data protection, data security and monitoring: internet and email use by employees
    • Employee issues during the course of the due diligence exercise
    • Maternity leave and parental leave
    • Nursing care
  • Collective Labour Law
    • Role, tasks and rights of the works council


Lecture, discussions, case studies