At present, new developments in connection with the labour law management of the corona pandemic are taking place almost daily. A few days ago, for example, the legislator decided on financial support for working parents who have to look after their children (1). The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs even assumes, against the background of the current legal situation, that works council resolutions can be passed in video or telephone conferences (2). Finally, our advisory practice shows that employment agencies are noticeably reducing the bureaucratic hurdles for notification of and application for short-time pay (3).
Dr. Gregor Dornbusch has been practicing in the area of German labour and employment law for over two decades. He covers all aspects of individual and collective employment law, including mass dismissals and terminations of managers and board members. He also helps draft contracts and separation agreements, and assists clients in dealing with works councils and trade unions in restructurings and reorganisations. Dr. Dornbusch regularly holds lectures and publishes articles, books and commentaries. He is member of all relevant German and European employment lawyers associations and regularly speaks at seminars and sessions.
Petra Hess, a counsel joined the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie in 2000. Since then, she has been part of the labor and employment law team and is admitted as attorney specializied in labor and employment law. Petra has participated in a book publication regarding termination protection law and has published several articles on employment law topics.
Dr. Felix Diehl is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Frankfurt office. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent his legal traineeship in the jurisdiction of the Higher Regional Court Frankfurt and passed the second state exam in 2017.