As part of our regular "Deloitte Legal Update Webcast" format, 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 the corporate practice of our clients.
Having said that, the topic of our next event on March 17, 2021, will be the importance of employee data protection in companies and provide a presentation of the current challenges and practical solutions in this regard.
Although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been part of companies’ daily practice for quite some time, employee data protection becomes more and more important for employers as well as works councils and employees due to the increasing digitalization of the workplace and the working environment – in particular in the course of the COVID19-pandemic. In the light of this development, which is reinforced by an increasing number of remote and home office activities, data protection issues and challenges in terms of the employees' personal data are increasingly coming to the fore.
In addition to protecting its data, a company is also obliged to protect the personal as well as sensitive information and data of its employees and to handle it responsibly. In this context, the protection of privacy is not only in focus with a view to digital work processes, but is gaining importance in particular with regard to possible control and monitoring devices of the employees’ digital workplace. At the same time, data protection regulations guarantee employees that their personal data may only be processed to the extent permitted. Against this background, there is often a need for advice and design not only in connection with questions of the transfer of personal employee data (e.g. within a group of companies) but also with a view to the implementation and use of new IT-applications or the design of new work processes.
Moreover, employee data protection is also becoming increasingly important in connection with other aspects, topics and issues – e.g. the protection of company and business secrets or the so-called "whistleblowing".
During the webcast, the facilitators will give an overview of the essential contents and challenges of employee data protection law, outline the practical dimension of this topic and provide an opportunity for exchange of views.
- Latest topics in practice
- Overview on the employee data protection law
- Deep Dive: Selected examples
You are cordially invited to submit your questions for the Q&A part already upon your registration.
In case of organisational questions please contact:
Tel: +49 211 87722491
Webcast in German language – feel free to contact any member of our team for explanations in English.
Dr. Martin Döpner
Dr. Martin Döpner joined the Dusseldorf office of Deloitte Legal in 2013 and is counsel. Martin is a member of the service line employment law and advises national as well as international companies of various economic sectors on all areas of individual and collective employment law. Martin studied law at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf where he already in-depth focused on labor law. During the years from 2007 to 2013 he was an academic research assistant at the chair for civil law, employment law and comparative law of Prof. Dr. Andreas Feuerborn, Dusseldorf. Martin completed his legal traineeship at the Dusseldorf higher regional court from 2010 to 2012. He received a doctorate in law (dr. iur.) in 2013. After being licensed as attorney-at-law, Martin moved to our law firm in 2013 where he joined the Dusseldorf office of Deloitte Legal. Since 2018 Martin has also been a lecturer and examiner for employment law at the University of Police and Public Administration North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung NRW). Martin speaks German and English. Office: Dusseldorf
Dr. Tobias Fuchs
Dr. Tobias Fuchs ist seit 2017 Partner bei der Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH und leitet dort die Bereiche Digitale Wirtschaft, IT/IP sowie Technologie, Medien und Telekommunikation (TMT). Dr. Fuchs hat mehr als 18 Jahre Erfahrung in der wirtschaftsrechtlichen Beratung (einschließlich Prozessführung) nationaler und internationaler Konzerne, mittelständischer und inhabergeführter Unternehmen, Finanzinvestoren und Start-Ups sowie öffentlicher Körperschaften mit einem Schwerpunkt in den Beratungsfeldern digitale Transformation (insb. Informationstechnologierecht, Cloud, Industrie 4.0, Big Data und Datenschutz), Intellectual Property Management und Lizenzsysteme, Technologietransaktionen, Umstrukturierungen und Outsourcing, Verbraucherschutz- und Wettbewerbsrecht. Vor seiner Zeit bei Deloitte war Dr. Fuchs langjährig als Partner in leitender Funktion bei der KPMG in München, als Rechtsanwalt für eine der führenden U.S. amerikanischen Wirtschaftskanzleien Latham&Watkins LLP in Frankfurt sowie einer der führenden deutschen Großkanzleien Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler (heute TaylorWessing) tätig. Er spricht fließend Deutsch und Englisch. Büro: München
Nathalie Polkowski joined Deloitte Legal in 2016 and is a Senior Manager in the Employment and Digitalization & Commercial practice group. Mrs. Polkowski is certified layer for employment law ("Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht") and advises national and international clients from various business sectors in all areas of individual and collective employment law as well as in the area of employee data protection. She also represents clients in front of labour courts across Germany and provides in-house training. Mrs. Polkowski publishes articles on a regular basis and gives lectures on a range of HR and employment law issues. Mrs. Polkowski studied law at the University of Passau, Germany, and completed her studies in Eastern European law at the Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic, with a focus on Eastern European employment law. Mrs. Polkowski successfully completed her legal clerkship at the Lüneburg Regional Court from 2013 to 2015, with training periods at an international commercial law firm and a large company both in Hamburg, and in the area of employment law. Mrs. Polkowski is a Czech and German native speaker and is also fluent in English, Italian and French.
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.
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
Felix Felleisen ist seit 1999 als Corporate/M&A-Anwalt bei Deloitte Legal tätig, seit 2006 als Partner. Er berät deutsche und internationale Mandanten bei M&A-Transaktionen und komplexen grenzüberschreitenden Umstrukturierungen sowie in Fragen des Konzern-, Handels- und Gesellschaftsrechts – häufig als federführender Partner oder deutscher Ansprechpartner multidisziplinärer internationaler Berater-Teams. Felix Felleisen leitet unsere Praxisgruppe Real Estate und zeichnete für unsere Dutch Desk-Aktivitäten verantwortlich. Seine juristische Ausbildung erhielt Felix Felleisen in Freiburg, Barcelona, Aruba und Brüssel. Neben seiner Muttersprache Deutsch spricht er verhandlungssicher Niederländisch, Englisch und Spanisch. In den 10 letzten Ausgaben des JUVE-Handbuchs wird Herr Felleisen als häufig empfohlenen Anwalt für die Rechtsgebiete Gesellschaftsrecht und M&A genannt und von Wettbewerbern mit den Aussagen "kompetent und pragmatisch", „durchsetzungsstark, international erfahren, konsequent“ und „hervorragender M&A-Anwalt“ beschrieben. Büro: Düsseldorf
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
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. Office: Hanover
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 and member of management team of the international Deloitte Legal Center of Expertise in EU Competition and Regulatory Law. 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. Office: Hamburg
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. Office: Munich
Dr. Markus Schackmann
Dr. Markus Schackmann joined Deloitte Legal in 2013. He is head of the global service line Mergers & Acquisitions. Dr. Markus Schackmann advises exclusively in the area of national and international mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, in particular on the complete transaction process starting with the structuring of the transaction to the contract negotiations and the support of the financing. He advises strategic as well as institutional investors. Before joining Deloitte Legal Markus was the head of the service line M&A and head of the London office of Luther. Dr. Schackmann is lecturer of the Institute of Management at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and at ESMT. Dr. Markus Schackmann speaks German and English. Office: Dusseldorf