Field of competence Labour law
Your employees want fairness.
Your controller wants efficiency.
We make sure your company gets both.
Labour law has traditionally been one of the fields in which Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz provides comprehensive advisory services and representation in extrajudicial and judicial proceedings. Global competition and continuing technological change require businesses to continually align their operational structure and work models to attain maximum efficiency and exploit synergies. One important means to this end is the application of instruments labour law provides in this respect.
Range of Services Labour law
- Advice on and drafting of employment agreements
- Advice and representation in all matters of employee participation (working timemodels, bonus and remuneration schemes, IT systems)
- Preparation and implementation of restructurings on operational and corporate levels, in particular negotiations regarding reconciliation of interest and social plans (including arbitration committee proceedings)
- Labour law advice in connection with corporate acquisitions and sales
- Representation of businesses concerning company wage agreements
- Representation of executives from negotiation until termination of their employment agreements
- Legal representation in all judicial instances
Effectively and fairly designing operational structures
We advise and represent both mid-size businesses and international conglomerates concerning the design and drafting of employment agreements for individual groups of employees as well as concerning the drawing up and negotiation of shop agreements regarding working hours, variable remuneration (e.g. bonuses and target agreements) and structuring of workplaces (in particular in IT) with works councils. The representation of businesses in negotiations about company agreements with unions comprising pay scale provisions specifically tailored to the company’s needs make up a considerable part of our labour law practice. Economical changes and crises arising in some fields of business often make substantial restructurings and relocations of business areas necessary. In these cases, we advise and represent clients in all individual and collective labour law matters from planning through implementing the measures required. This in particular comprises representation in proceedings before arbitration committees regarding reconciliation of interest and social plans, the transfer of groups of employees into so-called transfer entities as well as representation of companies in labour (dismissals protection) litigation in all judicial instances.
Transactional Labour Law
Since both the acquisition and the sale of businesses result in a considerable need to provide for the transfer resp. takeover of the employees of the target company, our labour law practice group works closely with the M&A-practice groups in these projects, allowing us to provide our clients with comprehensive legal service from a single source.
Board Members and Executives
Matters concerning board members and other executives form an important part of our work. In these matters, we do not only work for companies but also represent board members and managing directors in connection with the creation of their employment agreements as well as in negotiations around their termination. In drafting managerial employment agreements, the focus is on the remuneration provisions and change of control clauses. Regarding the termination of executive employment agreements, the areas of particular concern include compensation schemes and provisions regarding post-contractual non-competition clauses as well as pension entitlements.