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Schoenherr's labour & employment experts provide legal advice across CEE in all kinds of employment law matters, from the beginning through to the end of employment relationships.

"Schoenherr has built a strong reputation for employment law over recent years, and has very good business acumen."
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Our labour & employment team covers 12 jurisdictions in CEE and advises on all aspects of employment law from the beginning through to the end of the employment relationship, for both contentious and non-contentious matters.

It focuses on employment issues arising in the course of mergers and acquisitions, transfer of undertakings, workforce and management restructuring, domestic and cross-border transfer of employees, cross-border postings of employees, restructuring of businesses, downsizing and closure of production lines, employment tribunal litigation, workforce restructuring and related negotiations with employees, their representatives and trade unions, as well as general non-contentious employment advice.

our services

  • restructuring and reorganisation planning
  • transfer of undertakings
  • cross border posting of employees
  • contentious employment litigation
  • compensation structures (executive and non-executive)
  • management and employment contracts
  • pension plans
  • share ownership plans (including stock options)
  • tailor-made in-house client seminars
  • immigration
  • general non-contentious employment advice
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Austria: Implementation of EU Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions leads to new employer obligations

Amendments to the Employment Contract Adjustment Act (Arbeitsvertragsrechtsanpassungsgesetz - AVRAG) and the General Civil Code (Allgemeines bürgerliches Gesetzbuch – ABGB) came into force in Austria on 28 March 2024 based on EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions.[1] As a result, employers are now required to observe new regulations on informing employees about working conditions, multiple employments and employee training.


02 April 2024



New rules for telework in Bulgaria

Today, 2 April 2024, amendments to the Labour Code are coming into force, giving effect to new rules for telework in Bulgaria that enhance the existing legislation.


Employee protection in M&A transactions: TUPE

Global corporations and mid-sized companies often engage in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as part of their globalisation strategies. The regulations under Council Directive 2001/23/EC, also known as the "ARD" or "TUPE" directive, can impact these strategies. TUPE regulations are designed to protect the rights of employees when the business they work for is transferred from one employer to another. The regulations apply to a wide range of business transfers, including sale of enterprise or even outsourcing arrangements. If you are planning an acquisition or to divest or downsize your international operations, careful consideration of these aspects is a must. Below is a brief overview of key TUPE aspects for selected Schoenherr jurisdictions.




LEXOLOGY Getting the Deal Through: Employment: International

Read through the Austrian answers to the labour & employment specific questions.

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