Workplace co-determination in Germany takes place through a democratically elected and legitimised representation of interests: in private-sector companies through the “works council” and in the public sector through the “staff council“. Experience has shown that involving employees in the company’s decision-making processes in this way has a positive effect on their commitment, sense of belonging and sense of responsibility. However, the importance of the works and staff council is by no means limited to the mere exercise of co-determination and participation rights. Instead, employee representation is directly linked to internal company structures.
Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers skilled and committed legal assistance to provide our clients with the necessary clarity regarding the tasks and powers of the works council. Our specialist lawyers for German employment law, Dr Thomas Bichat and Mr Jens Schmidt have in-depth expertise in works constitution law to support you as a works council in your work. If a criminal offence has been committed during the works election or if you have been prevented from carrying out your job as a works council member, our criminal law lawyers are at your disposal to represent your rights and interests.
The successful cooperation of our specialist lawyers with various bodies, as well as their knowledge of conflict management, guarantees that negotiations will always take place on an equal footing if the conciliation board is called upon. Our labour law practice group is familiar with the applicable jurisdiction and procedural rules to achieve an effective solution.
Please do not hesitate to contact us directly for more information on our services in this area. Our employment lawyers will happily provide a brief initial assessment and advise you of your options.