Government Employees

Currently about 4.5 million people are employed by the government as civil servants, employees or contractors.

Civil servants stand in a special legal relationship to their employer in terms of benefits and obligations, while relations with regular government employees and contractors are governed by labor laws. Regulations are numerous and complex governing relationships between employers on the one hand and individual employees and unions on the other, such as under staff representation and collective bargaining law. Legal disputes involving government employees also fall under various court jurisdictions; administrative courts are responsible for civil servant lawsuits, while labor courts hear disputes concerning employees and contractors. The different courts often hand down divergent decisions, creating additional uncertainty in practice.

The many years of experience our attorneys have in the fields of labor and administrative law ensure clients of receiving comprehensive advice in line with their interests, taking particular account of the structural government budget deficits that are all too common today.