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White Paper

German Employment Law

December 2017
Mayer Brown White Paper

German Employment Law is said to be complex and employee-friendly. However, if understood and used wisely, its rules can offer chances for an entrepreneur in the German market.

German employment law is based on a variety of sources. Typical for the German legal system, it is a dynamic area of law under constant revision by jurisdiction and legislation. German employment law aims to provide the basis for a fair and productive co-operation of employers and employees in the light of the constitutional idea of a social market economy (soziale Marktwirtschaft).

Knowledge of the key principles of German employment law is essential for every player in the German market. This publication is meant to provide an overview on the most important rules and provisions. It can, of course, not substitute for in-depth legal advice, but shall serve instead as a starting point for those interested in the German marketplace.


  • Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld, LLM
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  • Björn Vollmuth
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  • Vanessa Klesy
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  • Marco Maurer
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  • Dr. Svenja Fries, LLM
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  • Pauline Moritz
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