Every player interested or already active in the German market needs to have a working knowledge of the key principles of German employment law which offers a good level of protection to employees.

This is especially true for U.S.-based multinationals not fully familiar with the concepts of co- determination and dismissal protection, both key elements of German employment law and widespread in the EU.

Our 101 on Employment Law in Germany gives a high level overview of key practical issues employers face and should be aware of in order to minimize exposure. While our Employer's Essentials sets out certain key principles all employers should be aware of, our Legal Q&A two pagers will have a closer look and answer the most common questions employers have on specific topics, such as using fixed-term contracts or termination of employment.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to André Zimmermann, head of our German employment law practice, or your usual contact at Orrick.