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Employment & Pensions

The labour market is dynamic, as is labour law – such is evident from numerous legal changes in 2016. The increase of maximum working hours in combination with work-related travel times, restrictions on non-compete clauses and greater transparency in all-in contracts are only a few examples of several material changes in labour law. What is more, European regulations are also becoming an increasingly important factor for you. To remain successful, you must take appropriate action in all areas pertaining to labour law.

We are the leading law firm in all fields of individual and collective labour law. Our areas of expertise include, in particular, the works constitution and all matters related to collective regulations as well as European labour law. Moreover, we specialise in pension fund law and the special labour regulations applicable to former state-owned companies. Further key areas covered by our lawyers include the medical sector, the posting of employees abroad and social security law.

We provide our clients with legal advice but also representing them in court (including the CJEU) and before public authorities. We also advise and support you in negotiations with unions and works councils. Our expertise in labour law encompasses a wide variety of different sectors. We provide guidance and support to banks, insurance companies and businesses in the industrial, telecommunications and service sectors as well as to health institutions and universities.

The main focus of our activities is on advising clients on the establishment and termination of employment contracts, on negotiating and concluding collective bargaining agreements and works agreements between employers and works councils (in particular working time schemes, social compensation plans), and on providing advice on labour law issues related to changes in working conditions and all aspects of employee data protection law. We also advise you on all labour law aspects of business transactions, restructurings and reorganisations.

Labour law is without doubt a key factor for investment decisions in CEE countries. Our vast expertise in this field is reflected year after year in top rankings on both the national and international level (Legal500, Chambers, JUVE, Advocatus).


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25/11/2021
Tak­ing stock of hy­dro­gen de­vel­op­ments 2020-2021
With de­vel­op­ments in the low car­bon hy­dro­gen space pro­lif­er­at­ing and gov­ern­ments cre­at­ing new policies to reg­u­late these de­vel­op­ments, join CMS ex­perts to ex­plore the key changes over the last 12 months...
13/10/2021
Cov­id-19 - Safety at the Work­place
Rising in­fec­tion fig­ures and flat­lining vac­cin­a­tion rates are once again present­ing com­pan­ies with the chal­lenge of mak­ing work­places safe. But what meas­ures can and must be taken now?Our CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack We­bin­ar Series provides you with all you need to know about safety at work in the age of Cov­id-19.As usu­al, each we­bin­ar is coun­try-spe­cif­ic and ad­dresses the rel­ev­ant na­tion­al leg­al frame­work. You can find spe­cif­ic in­form­a­tion by click­ing on the links be­low:
19/10/2021
CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack: Cov­id-19 - Safety at the Work­place
Rising in­fec­tion fig­ures and flat­lining vac­cin­a­tion rates are once again present­ing com­pan­ies with the chal­lenge of mak­ing work­places safe. But what meas­ures can and must be taken now?Our CMS Em­ploy­ment...
07/09/2021
Gender pay: What’s needed to make equal­ity a real­ity?
A CMS We­bin­ar on Tues­day 21 Septem­ber will ex­plore what so­ci­ety and busi­nesses need to do to close the on­go­ing dis­par­ity in men and wo­men’s pay. Did you know that 18 Septem­ber 2021 is UN Equal Pay Day?...
26/07/2021
Whis­tleblower pro­tec­tion and re­port­ing chan­nels in North Mace­do­nia
1. Is there a law on whis­tleblow­ing in your coun­try? There is a law on whis­tleblow­ing. The Mace­do­ni­an Law on Whis­tleblower Pro­tec­tion ("ML­WP") was ad­op­ted in Novem­ber 2015 2. Does loc­al law re­quire...
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11/06/2021
How can busi­nesses pro­tect their trade secrets in a hy­brid work­ing world?
As the num­ber of people vac­cin­ated against COV­ID-19 stead­ily in­creases, many em­ploy­ers are start­ing to turn their minds to a re­turn to the work­place. However, it’s un­likely that we will be re­turn­ing...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
18/03/2021
CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack
Have you heard about the latest de­vel­op­ments in em­ploy­ment law? Mod­ern work­ing en­vir­on­ments are lead­ing to un­pre­ced­en­ted chal­lenges and the pan­dem­ic also con­ducts fre­quent and rap­id changes to la­bour law.   In our we­bin­ar series CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack – the name says it all – you can find out how to best deal with the nu­mer­ous em­ploy­ment law is­sues in ap­peal­ingly presen­ted and di­gest­ible por­tions. Our em­ploy­ment law ex­perts provide fre­quent in­form­a­tion here on everything you need to be aware of. We not only keep an eye on the leg­al situ­ation in Aus­tria but also on CEE jur­is­dic­tions.  The fol­low­ing epis­odes of our CMS Em­ploy­ment Snacks are cur­rently avail­able – we hope you en­joy listen­ing:
16/02/2021
Fight­ing poor med­ic­a­tion ad­her­ence in the European Uni­on: The Grav­it­ate-Health...
Nowadays, European cit­izens can ob­tain a great amount of in­form­a­tion (on­line and off­line) about any medi­cine. However, this in­form­a­tion is in many cases un­re­li­able and dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand, en­cour­aging...
09/02/2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
02/02/2021
EC Con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance: dead­line ap­proach­ing
Key ac­tion point On 26 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched its pub­lic con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance (Con­sulta­tion). The Con­sulta­tion closes on 8 Feb­ru­ary 2021 and we would...
22/01/2021
EDPB is­sues draft guidelines for data breach no­ti­fic­a­tions
Fur­ther to the GDPR re­quire­ment for re­port­ing per­son­al data breaches to the com­pet­ent data pro­tec­tion au­thor­ity and, in cer­tain cases, to af­fected in­di­vidu­als, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB)...