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Nils Neumann, LL.M.

Nils Neumann is a partner in the firm’s Berlin office and concentrates his practice in labor, employment and workplace safety. He advises German and international companies on individual and collective employment law issues.

In particular, he guides employers throughout the entire employment-related process, including market entry, staffing and management, drafting and implementation process of employment conditions, day-to-day work life challenges, and terminations of employment and discontinuation of business activities.

He regularly represents clients in the presence of German employment courts and accompanies negotiations with works councils. Additionally, Nils advises on complex employment aspects of corporate transactions, reorganizations, and restructuring measures.

Nils joined the firm in June 2012 and has been seconded to the firm’s London office in 2015. During his legal clerkship he worked for leading international law firms and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. He studied law at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and King’s College London, where he was awarded an LL.M. in International Business Law. In 2018, he qualified as a Specialist Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht). Nils is regularly publishing, giving lectures and holding workshops in his area of practice.

  • Minimum-wage lecture at the BER Business Club of the Unternehmerverband Brandenburg-Berlin e.V., 24 February 2016.
  • Legal Awareness in HR at the Gründerszene HR Day, 28 September 2017 and 26 April 2018.
  • Key Legal Developments in Europe at HR Directors Summit Europe, Amsterdam, 23 May 2018.
  • Various start-up lectures and workshops, most recently for the MIT Enterprise Forum, Start Alliance Berlin and in the context of the intrapreneurship program of an international provider of mobility and logistics services.
  • Webinars on dismissal protection, non-competes, visa and other current employment law developments.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Incapacity to Work and Termination - Remarks on Terminations Due to the Incapacity to Work and Continued Remuneration, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), 15 June 2020, together with Leonie Abendroth
  • Exclusion of the Employer's Obligation to Cooperate in Granting of Statutory Leave - Relevance of Vacation Lists, comment on German Federal Labor Court Ruling of 25 June 2019, GWR 2020, issue 2, p. 38, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Composition of the Supervisory Body of an SE in the Case of Initiated Status Proceedings Prior to the Registration of the Change of Legal Form, comment on (German) Federal Supreme Court ruling of 23 July 2019, GWR 2019, issue 21, p.383, together with Dr. Daniel Mösinger (German article)
  • Consideration of Temporary Agency Workers in the Context of Employee Co-Determination: Case Law Clarifications, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), 1 October 2019; together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Compensation Review Provision Does Not Oblige Employer to Adjust Payments at Equitable Discretion, comment on German Federal Labor Court Ruling of 27 February 2019, GWR 2019, issue 18, p. 330, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Separability of an Partial Operation and Mass Redundancy Notice, comment on Düsseldorf Regional Labor Court ruling of 10 January 2019, GWR 2019, issue 17, p. 315, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Scope of the Duty to Provide Information on Other Income in Post-Contractual Non-Compete Period and Time for Profit Generation, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 27 February 2019, GWR 2019, issue 14, p. 256, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Breaks and the Working Time Act: Obligations for Employers and Recommendations for Action, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), 2 May 2019; together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Invalidity of Post-Contractual Non-Compete Covenants with Executives in the Event of Excessive Material Scope, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 2 August 2018, GWR 2019, issue 8, p. 146, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • No Company Practice in Case of Presumed Legal Obligation, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 11 July 2018, GWR 2019, issue 3, p. 54, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Employer Obligations Concerning Rejection of Applications of Severely Disabled Individuals, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), Articles, 14 February 2019, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Justifying the Rejection of a Severely Disabled Applicant, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 28 September 2017, GWR 2019, issue 2, p. 35, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Employment Agreement with Age Limitation: Written Form Requirement Applies to Almost Every Employment Agreement!, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), 29 November 2018, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Delivering Termination Letters by Messenger: What You Need to Take into Account for the Validity of the Termination, Blog Post in German Employment Law Expert Forum (EFAR), 30 October 2018, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • No Preferential Treatment of a Works Council Member by Termination Agreement, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 21 March 2018, GWR 2018, issue 17, p. 340, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Case Law Shift Concerning Employee Misclassification Criminal Liability, comment on (German) Federal Supreme Court ruling of 24 January 2018, AuA 2018, issue 8, p. 491, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Requirement of Clarity on the Source of Law in Case of Multi-Party Works Agreements, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 26 September 2017, GWR 2018, issue 15, p. 291, together with Leonie Abendroth (German article)
  • Coalition Agreement between CDU/CSU and SPD for the 19th Legislative Term – Employment Law Outlook, GWR 2018, issue 4, p. 66 f. (German article)
  • Works Council Election – Online Voting Process Results in the Invalidity of the Election, comment on Hamburg Employment Court ruling of 7 June 2017 – 13 BV 13/16, GWR 2017, issue 15, p. 307 (German article)
  • Company Pension Adjustment – Calculation Based on Economic Situation of Controlling Entity in Case of Domination Agreement, comment on (German) Federal Supreme Court ruling of 27 September 2016 – II ZR 57/15, GWR 2016, issue 24, p. 510 (German article)
  • Bonus Award in Accordance With Equitable Discretion – Bonus Determination by the Court Based on Parties’ Pleadings in Case of Inequitable Determination by the Employer, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 3 August 2016 – 10 AZR 710/14, GWR 2016, p. 466 (German article)
  • Employment Agreement with Temporary Agency Worker Void in Case of Illegal Temporary Agency Work Only Upon Actual Transfer, comment on German Federal Labor Court ruling of 1 January 2016 – 7 AZR 535/13, GWR 2016, p. 390 (German article)
  • Remuneration of Law Clerks During the Legal Traineeship – Companies do not Have to Pay Social Security Contributions, Berliner Anwaltsblatt, July/August 2015, p. 249 (German article)
  • Duty of Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism? Employee Screenings – a Dilemma for Companies, WIK 2015/2, p. 20 f., 2015 (German article)
  • Special Benefits and Clauses on Cut-Off Dates – Limits Provided by Case Law and Possibilities in Drafting, Betriebs-Berater, BB 32.2014, 4 August 2014, p. 1909 (German article)
  • Minimum Wage to Come – and Along With It Additional Encumbrances for Employers, Rechtsboard, Handelsblatt Blog, 11 July 2014 (German article)
  • Illness, Vacation, Irrational Tantrums – Who Pays for Canceled Work?, Legal Tribune online, 21 February, 2014 (German article)
  • Law Clerks are Entitled to Substantial Subsequent Payments, Legal Tribune online, 2 October, 2013 (German article)
  • The War on Terror Binds Companies, co-author Manfred Hack, Legal Tribune online, 3 September 2012 (German article)
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