Employment law and business success are linked on multiple levels. The effective implementation of employment law is of paramount importance for the level of motivation and the tenure of the employees of a company. It is a crucial factor contributing to successful reorganizations and restructurings, effective working time systems, compliance requirements, and the prevention of conflicts with employees.

Complex and sensitive conflict situations within a company and between its employees require strategic planning and high quality legal advice to avoid wasting valuable management time. EU Law requirements and progressive specialization bring an abundance of laws to businesses, which in turn require precise and careful implementation of employment law.

Our team of specialized lawyers advises on all areas of individual and collective employment law – both in terms of an ongoing consultation, as well as in the course of restructurings and business acquisitions (M&A related). Our key strength areas include the drafting of all relevant employment law contracts, advising companies on compliance issues and questions regarding labor relations and collective agreements, conflict management, and employment-related litigation.

We understand employment law as an interdisciplinary area of law in which related areas (corporate, insolvency, and social law) must be viewed in context. This ensures the entrepreneurial perspective remains the focus of our work and that employment law advice will not be decoupled from business management guidelines.

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Jakob Widner has great analytical skills and legal knowledge, and always gives down-to-earth, comprehensible advice with practical solutions.

Chambers Europe (2017)


Jakob Widner

Mag. Jakob Widner

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner
T +43 1 401 17 - 0


Axel Guttmann

Dr. Axel Guttmann

Jakob Widner

Mag. Jakob Widner

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner

Areas of expertise

  • Contract drafting and separation models
  • Social plans
  • Industrial relations & Collective bargaining
  • Reorganization & Restructuring
  • Transfer of undertakings & employment law  in relation to M&A
  • Dispute resolution & conflict management
  • Pension Plans
  • Posting of employees
  • Working time  
  • Data Protection & Compliance
  • Right of residence and work permit / Expatriates



Chambers ‘Employment 2020’ Global Practice Guide

Partner Jakob Widner, head of our firm’s Employment practice group and attorney Axel Guttmann are the authors of the Chambers Global Practice Guide 2020 for Employment in Austria. .. more


Teachers and Brothels

In his most recent article Jakob Widner discussed the Supreme Court’s decision ruling the termination of a school teacher who had moonlighted as a brothel manager to be valid. .. more


New 'daddy month' strengthens paternal bonding early on

Jakob Widner recently discussed a new law that grants fathers a legal entitlement to one month off work following the birth of their child. .. more


Supreme Court on hairstyles and discrimination

Jakob Widner recently discussed the Supreme Court’s decision on gender-based differences in hairstyles at employer’s request (OGH 9 ObA 4/19g), which the Court held to be discriminatory. .. more


Good Friday-Dilemma

The Austrian government has reached a compromise in response to the ECJ’s ruling that the former regulation was discriminatory. While introducing a paid holiday over Good Friday for all employees (Levelling-up) would have been complied with the ECJ’s decision, the Austrian government went with a different approach by abolishing Good Friday altogether (Levelling-down), to avoid employers having to provide double pay. Instead they’ve decided on the introduction of a personal holiday for everyone, which is also to replace the former Good Friday provision in collective labor agreements. This personal holiday will be counted as a regular leave day. However, if economic reasons deem it necessary that an employee works on his/her personal holiday, then extra holiday payments have to be made. In effect, the Evangelical Church Augsburg Confession, the Evangelical Church Helvetic Confession, the Old Catholic Church and the United Methodist are losing a public holiday, while nothing changes for everyone else. .. more


ILO Employment - Austria, 1.12.2010

Data protection for employers - rights and obligations .. more



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