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Early stage

For some, it is the orientation, planning and founding stage, others speak of pre-seed, seed and start-up. Regardless of the term used to refer to this first phase of a company, it is without a doubt a particularly exciting stage in your career as a founder. After all, you will encounter numerous challenges, from registering your business to choosing the legal form and resulting tax consequences to protecting your brand. And as if that were not enough, your start-up also faces numerous further legal questions, for instance as regards the articles of association, supply agreements, GTCs, data protection or financing.

Labour Law

Labour law – you cannot look into it too early

When you are building a start-up, there is no doubt that you will come across a plethora of labour-law topics. Yet founders rarely put much thought into their own employment contracts and those of their staff members. They fully focus on implementing their idea and, in the process, often overlook the question of staffing. But this approach is sure to invite problems in the course of entrepreneurial life – problems that can be prevented. Good organisation and reliable advice regarding labour law can tackle them easily.

Depending on the legal form chosen, the first issues can arise when appointing and employing a managing director. His or her contract must, for instance, contain stipulations regarding the power of representation for the start-up, a point investors and co-founders often want a say in.

Hiring staff

Once the first staff members have been found, a decision has to be made how to employ them: Should the workforce be made up of employees with permanent employment contracts? Are there projects which could be handled by freelance employees? Are internships for people who want to witness the early days of a start-up an option? Such considerations are crucial when selecting and offering employment contracts to staff members. When hiring staff, it also has to be borne in mind that this step comes with an increase of the administrative workload.

With our many years of experience in advising on individual and collective labour law, we can be your trusted partner to professionally support you throughout the founding and development stage of your enterprise, so that you have the time to focus on realising your entrepreneurial goals.

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