Webcast in German language – feel free to contact any member of our team for explanations in English.
In our Deloitte Legal Update webcast series, we address current legal issues - both in dealing with COVID-19 and the consequences of the pandemic, as well as other legal trends and developments that are important for corporate practice.
This time we address selected employment law issues that are currently relevant for employers or will become relevant in the near future.
We provide you with an update on the current status of the issues around vaccination requirements and proof of recovery resp. vaccination in the workplace. The topic is particularly relevant for companies whose employees also or primarily work in the company.
Together with you, we will also take a look at the Works Council Modernization Act, which recently came into force and which, among other things, provides for a new element of co-determination in the design of mobile work. We will provide information on the main new provisions, particularly in the Works Constitution Act.
In addition, we look at the current case law of the Federal Labor Court and address current issues for corporate practice as well as important legal trends and developments, also against the backdrop of the upcoming regular works council elections from March 1 to May 31, 2022.
Intended topics of focus are:
- Update on compulsory vaccination / proof of recovery resp. vaccination at the workplace
- Works Council Modernization Act
- Outlook for works council elections 2022
- Update on current labor case law
Our team of experts Carmen Meola and Dr. Marc Spielberger both attorneys at law specialized in labor law, at Deloitte Legal look forward to an open exchange with you.
Please feel free to submit your questions for the Q&A already during your registration.
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Carmen Meola joined Deloitte Legal as a partner on 1 July 2021. She advises corporate clients on German employment law in a precise and practice-oriented manner. She has more than 20 years of experience in planning and executing transformation and restructuring projects, outsourcing projects and business valuations/due diligence projects (both on buyer and seller side, RedFlag Reports, Legal Factbook) as well as negotiating the related company purchase agreements (HR part). Carmen Meola is the author of numerous publications in German and English and regularly speaks at webinars on employment law topics. Carmen Meola speaks German, English and Italian.
Dr. Marc Spielberger
Marc is a partner in the Munich office and a member of the Employment & Labor Group. He has extensive experience across all areas of employment-related law. A particular focus is the advice on restructuring and reorganization (incl. planning, structuring and execution) as well as on insolvency related labor & employment issues, such as staff reduction measures. Additionally, he concentrates on industrial constitutional and collective bargaining law, including negations with work councils, as well as on compliance, data privacy, participation rights, contract law, temporary employment, AGG (German General Law of Non-Discrimination), stock options / employee benefits / company pension scheme, the German Minimum Wage Act and secondments. He regularly conducts employment litigation on behalf of employers and is experienced in defending unfair dismissal claims as well as in disputes with the works council. Furthermore, he advises on labor and employment law issues in connections with corporate transactions. Prior to joining Deloitte Legal Marc was an Employment and Labor Law partner at Reed Smith LLP in Munich and before that a partner at Beiten Burkhardt in Munich. Marc publishes and speaks regularly at seminars and conferences and counts global leading businesses as well as medium-sized companies, start-ups, financial institutions and investors to his clients. Office: Munich
Dr. Charlotte Sander, LL.M (Seattle/Dresden)
Dr. Charlotte Sander has joined Deloitte Legal in March 2019 as a Partner in the service line Employment & Pensions. Charlotte provides legal services for national and international clients in all aspects of individual and collective employment law. She is specialized in the conception and operating of restructuring projects in the field of employment law, e.g. outsourcings, mass lay-offs and unification of employment conditions. She has extensive experience in advising as regards protection of intellectual property in employment or service relationships. Moreover, she provides employment law support in connection with M&A transactions. Charlotte regularly publishes articles and is invited to speak on topics relating to employment law. Before joining Deloitte Legal, Charlotte worked several years for another leading international law firm in Berlin and Dresden. Charlotte speaks German and English. Office: Hanover
Johannes T. Passas, LL.M. (Edinburgh)
Johannes T. Passas has been working in the Hanover office of Deloitte Legal since 2012. Johannes focuses on national and international distribution and trade law and on insolvency law. His work covers comprehensive legal advice with respect to distribution networks, national and international trade transactions and commercial contracts including general terms and conditions. In the area of insolvency law Johannes advises distressed companies, creditors and insolvency administrators. Johannes advises and represents clients also in disputes and litigation. Johannes studied law at the Universities of Hamburg and Athens. At the University of Edinburgh he attended a master programme focusing on transnational commercial law (LL.M. in Commercial Law). He was admitted to bar in 2004. Before joining Deloitte Legal, Johannes worked for an international law firm in Brussels and a renowned commercial law firm in Hanover. Johannes speaks German and English.
Felix Skala, LL.M. (Boston University)
Felix Skala is head of the competition law department (antitrust, state aid law, public procurement law) of Deloitte Legal Germany. Felix Skala has more than 17 years of experience advising national and international clients in all areas of German and European antitrust and competition law. He has conducted and coordinated numerous of European, national and multi-national merger control procedures. He has also been involved in several high-profile antitrust cases. In addition, Felix also advises undertakings and public authorities in all questions related to public procurement law and subsidies. Felix has experience in a wide variety of industries, including TMT, manufacturing, automotive, consumer business, healthcare and the public sector. The JUVE Handbook for Commercial Law Firms regularly lists Felix Skala as a "frequently recommended lawyer" for antitrust law: "extremely competent and very confident appearance, quick grasp of industry, product and market", client (JUVE Handbook 2021/2022)
Felix is a German qualified attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) and Corporate/M&A practitioner who joined Deloitte Legal Germany in 1999, to be admitted to the firm’s partnership in 2006. Felix has over 20 years of experience in advising domestic and international clients in M&A transactions as well as complex cross-border and corporate restructurings – often as leader or member of multidisciplinary international teams. He also advises clients in all aspects of general corporate law, in particular with respect to regulations applicable to groups of companies, as well as commercial law. Felix is a member of the firm's practice group Real Estate and of our Dutch Desk. Felix received his legal education in Freiburg, Barcelona, Aruba, and Brussels. Besides his native German, he also speaks Dutch, English and Spanish fluently. For 10 consecutive years, JUVE Guide to Commercial Law Firms in Germany has been listing Felix as frequently recommended attorney for both Corporate Law as well as M&A, with competitors describing him as “competent and pragmatic“, “assertive, internationally experienced, resolute” as well as “outstanding M&A lawyer.”
Dr. Michael Fischer
Dr. Michael Fischer has been a partner with Deloitte Legal since 2015 and is heading the China Desk of Deloitte Legal. Michael has more than 20 years of professional experience. Michael’s practice includes all aspects of transaction-related corporate law, including mergers & acquisitions and reorganizations, as well as ongoing corporate law advice and complex agreements such as strategic alliances. From 2005 to 2015, Michael Fischer was a partner and one of the founding members of Reed Smith in Germany. Prior to that, he was a partner of the legal arm of another Big Four company. He started his career as a lawyer with Raedler Raupach Bezzenberger. Michael Fischer has been listed with BestLawyers Germany for several years. Michael Fischer speaks German and English. Office: Munich
Dr. Till Contzen
Till is a Partner at Deloitte Legal and has been working in the Service Line “Digital Business, IT/IP” since October 2017, focusing on IT/IP law. Since becoming a lawyer in early 2012, Till has focused on all information technology-related legal matters. He has advised numerous clients in the modernization and outsourcing of IT services and the digitization of business processes. Additionally, he routinely advises clients in the development, implementation and distribution of complex IT solutions such as the ERP and CRM systems as well as migration into cloud environments and procurement in the area of ‚Everything-as-a-Service‘ (XaaS). Due to his in-depth understanding of technologies, Till is highly skilled in translating complex technical topics into legal language. Not only has he advised clients in the legal challenges of a project, he has also assisted his clients in navigating the numerous organizational, economical and procedural challenges which they face in the lifecycle of a project.
Thomas Northoff joined in Deloitte 1994, and is, as a Partner for Deloitte Tax & Legal, the Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal. He advises public and private sector clients on funding strategies and optimization of grants & incentives, strategy and organizational development, transactions, financing structures and tax law. Thomas also serves as a member of the board of the Deloitte Foundation and member of the supervisory board at Universitätsmedizin Rostock.