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Paula Wernecke

Rechtsanwältin | Chief Human Resources Officer

CMS Hasche Sigle
Lennéstraße 7
10785 Berlin
Languages German, English

Paula Wernecke is Chief Human Resources Officer at CMS Germany. Her responsibilities also include managing the firm’s corporate culture and employee experience.

As a lawyer, she has long-standing experience in employment law as well as in human resources, both from working at a DAX30 company and practising with CMS. She has particular expertise providing strategic and innovative HR advice and supporting the legal teams of international corporations and German start-ups. Paula advises CMS clients in particular on restructurings, outsourcings and transfers of undertakings, also negotiating with employee representatives. She regularly speaks on employment law and HR topics at trade fairs and conferences.

Paula joined CMS in 2017 and was appointed counsel in 2019. Prior to that, she was with Adidas AG (since 2012), most recently as Senior Director Global Legal & Compliance in the role of Head of Global Legal HR & Labor Relations.

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Memberships & Roles

  • Cologne Bar Association
  • Cologne Lawyers’ Association
  • European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • Deutscher Arbeitsgerichtsverband e. V. (association of German labor courts)

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  • Interviewbeitrag „Arbeitsrechtliche Fragestellungen im Metaverse“, (WirtschaftsWoche), 8.7.22
  • „Das neue Lieferkettengesetz – Was erwartet Unternehmer und HR-Verantwortliche ?“, AuA (Arbeit und Personal), 07.07.22
  • Interviewbeitrag "Nachweisgesetz", FAZ, 28.06.2022
  • Fachbeitrag zum Lieferkettengesetz (Zeitschrift für Personalmanagement und Arbeitsrecht), 20.06.22
  • Das neue Lieferkettengesetz - CMS + Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen e.V. (DGVN), 09.11.2022
  • "Was es beim Abschluss von neuen Betriebsvereinbarung zu mobiler Arbeit zu beachten gilt", Haufe / personalmagazin am 13.09.2022
  • "Nachhaltige Unternehmenskultur - Kernfunktion von HR-Praktische und juristische Lösungsansätze und Risiken", ZAU- Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht im Unternehmen, Erscheinungsdatum: 06.05.2022, Heft 04, S. 258-259
  • Fachbeitrag zu "AUA Lieferkettengesetz", Zeitschrift für Personalmanagement und Arbeitsrecht , 10.05.2022
  • "Ukraine-Krieg: Wie Arbeitgeber rechtssicher helfen können", Newsletter Amadeus Fire, April 2022
  • "Long Covid Folgen und die Auswirkung aufs Arbeitsverhältnis", Personalwirtschaft, 12.04.2022
  • "HR statt PR – Nachhaltigkeit als Kernaufgabe des Personalmanagements?", Amadeus Fire, 29.03.2022
  • "Freiwillig 3G im Betrieb?", Haufe, 23.03.2022
  • "Arbeitsvertragsrecht/Kündigungsrecht: BEM-Durchführungsanspruch des Arbeitnehmers ?", Der Betrieb, Februar 2022
  • "Online-Krankschreibung ohne ärztliche Untersuchung nicht ausreichend – Anforderungen der Rechtsprechung an die Beweiskraft einer AU-Bescheinigung", blog-Beitrag - Beck Community am 24.11.2021
  • Mythen "Lieferkettengesetz", Haufe am 23.11.2021
  • "KI im Recruitingprozesse", Haufe am 11.10.2021
  • "Das Entscheider-Briefing für den Gesundheitssektor", Tagesspiegel Background Gesundheit & E-Health am 20.04.2021
  • “Testpflicht im Betrieb“, Handelsblatt, 12.04.2021
  • "O-Ton für MDR Aktuell Nachrichtenradio / Testpflicht für Betriebe", MDR, 12.04.2021
  • „Testpflicht vs. Impfpflicht: Was dürfen Arbeitgeber anordnen?“, Amadeus Fire am 20.04.2021
  • "Neues vom EuGH: Wann Bereitschaftszeit zu Arbeitszeit wird", Blog-Beitrag Human Resources Manager vom 15.03.2021, gemeinsam mit Kira Falter

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Lectures list

  • "Personal und Arbeitsrecht", Bitkom AK, 28.06.2022
  • "Nachhaltigkeit und HR", CMS intern, 06.04.2022
  • "Arbeit 4.0 sowie "Personal & Arbeitsrecht", Bitkom Akademie, April 2
  • "HR statt PR - Handlungsfelder zu Nachhaltigkeit im Personalmanagement, CMS Webinarreihe, 06.04.2022
  • Kooperationsveranstaltung - "Lieferkettensorgfaltsgeset"z, Deutsche Gesellschaft der UN, 30.03.2022
  • "ESG und Arbeitsrecht", BUJ HR-Sustainability, 17.03.2022
  • "Political Year Ahead, BEERG Meeting, Brüssel, 09./10.03.2022
  • "New Ways of Working for Employees - what is changing ?" XBHR-Online Konferenz, 03./04.03.2022
  • "Digitale Personalakte", Business Leads am 24.02.2022
  • HR networx, 15.12.2021
  • "Arbeitsrechtliche Fragen rund um Testpflicht & Co.", BUJ Talk, Fachmedien Otto Schmidt KG, 29.04.2021
  • "Aufholjagd 2021 - Runter von der Corona-Bremse – mutig rauf aufs Gaspedal!", HR Fitness Club, Webinar, 05.03.2021, gemeinsam mit Daniel Hennig
  • What’s on The EU Agenda & After Brexit, 12.01.2021
  • The Covid Impact on the World of Work & Virtual LR/ER, BEERG-Webinar, 19.01.2021

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  • Legal Traineeship in Nuernberg, additional qualification as a commercial mediator (MuCDR)
  • Law studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

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CMS ap­points Paula Wer­necke as new Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­ficer
Ber­lin – In­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial law firm CMS Ger­many has ap­poin­ted a new Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­ficer. Paula Wer­necke will take over the role from Dr Mar­cel Klug­mann on 1 Septem­ber 2022. Klug­mann...
Ukraine con­flict: What are em­ploy­er­s' leg­al op­tions to help?
How can em­ploy­ers sup­port em­ploy­ee vo­lun­teer­ing? Are em­ploy­ers al­lowed to pref­er­en­tially hire Ukrain­i­an refugees? Amid cata­strophes and wars through­out the world, Ger­many is show­ing great solid­ar­ity in...
Em­bed­ding the ‘S’ in ESG in the work­place
At­tract­ing and re­tain­ing tal­ent has be­come more chal­len­ging fol­low­ing the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic. However, em­ploy­ers with a clear and genu­ine com­mit­ment to the ‘so­cial’ as­pects of ESG are more likely to...
Sus­tain­able travel – scope for struc­tur­ing by the HR de­part­ment
Now more than ever, the is­sue of sus­tain­able travel can im­pact a com­pany's im­age. In or­der to make good use of this with­in a com­pany, it is es­sen­tial for the com­pany to dis­tance it­self from a status-ori­ented...
Five myths about the Ger­man Sup­ply Chain Act
The Ger­man Act on Cor­por­ate Due Di­li­gence Ob­lig­a­tions in Sup­ply Chains (Sup­ply Chain Act or SCDDA) has been passed. Its ob­ject­ive is to get com­pan­ies to in­cor­por­ate hu­man rights and en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion...
Sus­tain­able of­fice – a re­think­ing of of­fice con­cepts
Can a re­think­ing of the of­fice drive the sus­tain­ab­il­ity agenda for­ward? Be­low we ad­dress the ques­tion of how the top­ic of sus­tain­ab­il­ity can find its way in­to every­day of­fice life. The main fo­cus will...
HR in­stead of PR – sus­tain­ab­il­ity as a core task of hu­man re­sources man­age­ment
How can com­pan­ies achieve pro­fes­sion­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity and what role does HR play? The top­ic of sus­tain­ab­il­ity is be­com­ing more im­port­ant in all areas of life. It is im­possible to ima­gine the work­ing world...
Ger­man court rules cour­i­ers must be as­signed road­worthy bikes and smart­phones
Flex­ible work­ing hours, hip em­ploy­ers and the on­go­ing COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic are at­tract­ing em­ploy­ees to the de­liv­ery in­dus­tries. However, de­liv­ery ser­vices have been the sub­ject of fre­quent cri­ti­cism from...
The Fu­ture is Now: The New World of Work in Ger­many
COV­ID-19 and pro­tect­ive meas­ures put in place in re­sponse to the pan­dem­ic have com­pelled busi­nesses in coun­tries around the world – in­clud­ing Ger­many – to ad­opt a new vis­ion for em­ploy­ment. One such...