Expats in Germany

The ZELLER & SEYFERT Law Firm is specialized on advising Expats / Expatriates in Germany. When using the word Expat or Expatriate we refer to every person that temporarily resides in Germany, but has been brought up in another country (as you are aware the word comes from the Latin terms for “out of fatherland”).

1. What areas of German Law do we cover?
We focus on Labor Law, Labour Law and Employment Law in Germany. We provide courtroom representation before all German Labor Courts, Labour Courts and Employment Courts. And we represent our clients in other disputes and negotiations related to German Labor Law, Labour Law or Employment Law.

2. What legal issues are we typically involved with?
We frequently deal with the following types of Labor, Labour and Employment Law Disputes:
- Whether our Client has jurisdiction before the Labor Courts, Labour Courts or Employment Courts in Germany,
- Whether the far reaching German Employee Protection Rights, e.g. the Dismissal Protection Act, apply in favour of our Client,
- Whether a Top Level Executive, Managing Director, Officer (CEO, COO, CFO, CTO) or Board Member can make a claim under German Labor Law, Labour Law or German Employment Law,
- If our Client can just be terminated under German Law or if he or she can claim a severance payment,
- How much severance pay or other benefits (severance package) our Client may claim,
- Whether our Client should sign a cancellation agreement or termination agreement or rather file a complaint before the competent Labor Court, Labour Court or Employment Court,
- Whether our Client should seek a settlement agreement or enforce his or her rights through a court judgment,
- If an Employment Contract is valid under German Law and if all necessary legal requirements are covered,
- If our Client may claim bonus payments, other flexible payments or other benefits under the German Employment Contract,
- If our Client may just be assigned with another job than the one he or she has been hired for,
- Whether a post-contractual non-compete agreement is permissible and whether the employer is obliged to pay 50% of our Client’s last income,
- If our Client may be held liable (management liability) by the employer just for performing on the job,
- If a temporary agency license, labour leasing license or labor lease license is needed under German Emloyment law, Labour Law or Labor Law,
- If the benefits our Client receives under the company pension scheme are sufficient or if an adjustment may be claimed,
- and many more.

3. What else is important regarding German Labor Law, Labour Law or Employment Law?
Further we discuss with our Clients the costs for legal action or filing a law suit or complaint (legal fees, attorney fees, court fees) before the German Labor Court, Labour Court or Employment Court and we discuss the relevant deadlines, such as the crucial 3 weeks deadline after delivery of the termination notice.

4. Where do our Clients come from?
Although an Expat or Expatriate working in Germany may come from various countries he or she usually runs into similar legal problems once living and working in “Deutschland”. In fact, our Clients come from all over the world and have been brought up in countries like the United States of America (USA), Canada, Russia, China, Turkey, Taiwan, India, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, United Kingdom (UK), New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, Poland, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France, Israel, Mexico, and Hungary.

5. What expertise is covered by our professional network?
We have a strong professional network and we are in constant contact with Law Firms from the countries listed above and therefore know about the legal differences between them and Germany, especially regarding the Labor Law, Labour Law or Employment Law. And we can assure you that there are significant differences between German Labor, Labour or Employment Law and the legal provisions in these jurisdictions. Where necessary, we can ask our partnered advisors for assistance and can concentrate on enforcing our client’s rights under German Law.
Furthermore, we have worked with many German Immigration Lawyers and Business Visa Lawyers and German Tax Lawyers and Tax Advisors. So we can help our clients to identify such an advisor for assistance regarding German visa or tax issues wherever you may exactly be located in Germany. Besides, we frequently work together with other service providers Expats or Expatriates in Germany usually need, like Relocation Agencies, Recruiters, Translation Agencies and so on.

6. What can we offer to make it easy for a potential client to get in touch?
We offer free webinars on German Employment Law for Expats that last around 15 minutes. Your questions are welcome.

If you are interested just fill in the contact form at the bottom of the linked page or send us an email at mail@zellerseyfert.com. We will then provide you with a direct link prior to the meeting. No complicated registration process required.

The next free webinar “Expats in Frankfurt – German Employment Law in 15 minutes” is scheduled for:

Friday, October 31st, 2014, 11.00 a.m. German time.

In addition, we offer a free initial advice for up to 10 minutes regarding your case. Just call us and let us know about your issue. We will be able to discuss with you your options under German Employment Law, the possible next steps and the costs involved for proceeding in your matter.

We are passionate Labor & Employment Litigators. We are go-getters on your mission. We are reliable and easy to get in touch with. Our pricing models are fair and transparent. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon if you are an Expat in Frankfurt, an Expatriate in Frankfurt am Main, an Expat in Berlin, an Expatriate in Berlin, an Expat in Cologne or an Expatriate in Dusseldorf, or an Expat in Munich, Hamburg or Stuttgart or anywhere else in Germany. Whenever you need good German Employment Law advice: Just call +49 (0) 69-58 80 972-40, email to mail@zellerseyfert.com or use our contact form. 

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