Employment & Employee Benefits

Barbara KloppertStefan Sagel + 16 other experts


Handling complex and multi-disciplinary employment matters, with market-leading experience in proceedings brought before the Supreme Court

We advise on the employment law and co-determination aspects of national and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and outsourcings, as well as individual and collective dismissals. Our expertise focuses on advising large companies on the appointment and dismissal of higher management, remuneration schemes, reorganisations, collective labour agreements (CAOs), pensions law, national and European co-determination and industrial actions (strikes). Our lawyers deal with all aspects of employment litigation, and have an unequalled position in Supreme Court litigation.

As employment law is ever evolving, we ensure that our lawyers are fully abreast of current developments and market practices. Our lawyers are actively involved in the academic and judicial development of employment law, as speakers, university lecturers or members of the judiciary, and also publish regularly on various employment law issues.

We offer our clients specialist legal knowledge in multidisciplinary matters, in close cooperation with our regulatory, tax and corporate expertise groups.

'Very pleasant to work with' - the firm's diligence is a source of praise among clients, one underlining its 'well thought through and comprehensive advice'.

Chambers Europe, 2021


13 May 2024

De Brauw contributes to 2024 edition of Legal 500 ESG guide

De Brauw has contributed to the 2024 edition of the Legal 500 ESG guide. This guide is designed to offer readers practical insights into the laws and practices concerning environmental, social and governance issues across various jurisdictions.
15 April 2024

Dutch Supreme Court asked to hear appeal on academic freedom and dismissal

De Brauw has filed an appeal with the Dutch Supreme Court on behalf of a former senior lecturer at the University of Groningen (RUG), requesting that an 8 January 2024 decision of the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal be set aside. The case revolves around the question of how closely courts should see to it that scientists' academic freedom and freedom of expression are safeguarded in employment termination proceedings.
7 March 2024

Employer beware: bill on modernisation of non-competition clauses is here

The Bill on Modernisation of the Non-competition clause (the Bill) was published for internet consultation on 4 March 2024. The Bill is intended to prevent the including of non-competition clauses as a standard clause in employment agreements, which is currently the custom for many employers. According to the legislature, this has led to an unjustified restriction of the labour mobility of employees and has negatively affected the labour market. The explanatory memorandum accompanying the Bill elaborates on the newly proposed measures and what these mean for employers and employees alike in terms of how long a non-competition clause can remain in effect; the geographical range possible; timely notification for the employee; and compensation amounting to 50% of the employee's monthly salary for an employer invoking the clause, per month that the clause is invoked.