Seminar in English

Working with the Works Council

Introduction for Line Managers and HR

Multinational organisations are frequently organised along matrix structures with a cross-border centralised HR team. For the correct management of the employees in Germany, the HR Managers must be familiar with the German labor law. In fact, the first meeting with works councils can be confusing and a painful and costly experience. In this seminar you will receive an introduction and a substantial overview of the participation of the works council in German companies.



  • Sources of employment law - plus similarities and key differences compared to common law jurisdictions.
  • Cultural differences in interpersonal relations.
  • The German corporate structure and its impact on the management function.
  • Key players: trade unions, works councils and employer associations.

Working with the Works Council on staff/HR matters

  • Information, consultation and co-determination.
  • Representation of executives within corporates.
  • Works council involvement throughout the lifecycle of the employment relationship.
  • Role of works council agreements.
  • Role of collective bargaining agreements.

Works Council Agreements

  • Form requirements.
  • Relationship between employment contract and works council agreement.
  • Favourability principle (Günstigkeitsprinzip).
  • Collective bargainig agreement: flexibility clauses (Öffnungsklauseln).
  • Ad hoc informal arrangements with the works council (Regelungsabreden).
  • Custom and practice.
  • Co-determination rights of the works council – the catalogue of section 87 of the Works Constitution Act (§ 87 BetrVG).
  • Conciliation process (Einigungsstellenverfahren).

Practical examples

  • Case study: Collective redundancies and the role of the works council.
  • Negotiating a social plan (Sozialplan) and balancing of interests agreement (Interessenausgleich).
  • Case study: Outsourcing as a “change to the business” (Betriebsänderung).

Expiry date of Works Council Agreements

  • Changing works council agreements.
  • Terminating works council agreements and consequences.
  • Continuation of terms of works council agreements beyond the termination date (Nachwirkung).
  • Works council agreements and M&A.

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This seminar will help you

  • to identify and understand the level of German works council participation,
  • to identify typical conflict areas between management and works council, and
  • to prevent costly mistakes for your business.

This is a one-day course delivered by a team of two of our experienced trainers.

The course language is English and all course material will be provided in English. No prior knowledge of German employment law is required.


Lecture, practical case studies, group exercises, discussion, exchange of participants' experiences

Who should attend

Non-German-speaking HR managers with personnel responsibility in Germany, but without or little prior knowledge of German employment law and human resources

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Booking Number
Training in English, Präsenz
1 Tag
Dates & locations
Sheraton Westpark Hotel
Tage & Uhrzeiten

Montag, 15.02.2021
09:00 Uhr - 17:00 Uhr

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache
Wiesbaden Pentahotel
Tage & Uhrzeiten

Mittwoch, 07.07.2021
09:00 Uhr - 17:00 Uhr

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache
Mövenpick Hotel
Tage & Uhrzeiten

Freitag, 22.10.2021
09:00 Uhr - 17:00 Uhr

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache
Participation fee
€ 890,- excl. VAT
€ 1.059,10 incl. VAT

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