Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich (ZFZ) is an international law firm devoted to excellence in advocacy and legal practice with offices in New York, Vienna, London, Mexico City, Chicago, Houston and Sydney.
The nine-member team of employment specialists at ZFZ, headed by founding partner Hans Laimer in Vienna and recently strengthened by the partnership of Andreas Tinhofer, comprises four partners, one counsel and four associates.
It supports clients in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law as well as benefits, pensions, industrial relations, and data protection issues. This includes the full range of employment related legal matters such as employment litigation & trials, employment advisory & housekeeping, pensions & benefits, hiring and performance management & executive contracts, global mobility and immigration as well as data protection and the gig economy. The firm’s employment team also assists clients in all industrial relations matters.
Our experts serve a diverse and wide range of sectors and industries, which enables us to tailor our advice to the client’s specific objectives.
The team of seasoned advisors regularly represents clients before courts, including the Austrian Supreme Court, employment tribunals and conciliation boards, and has successfully defended employers in unfair dismissal claims and discrimination cases, as well as in connection with requests for re-instatement and wage-and-hour cases.
Additionally, our specialists have extensive experience advising on and managing employment tribunal litigation on works council elections, transfer of undertakings and their influence on works councils, as well as conciliation board litigation, covering also social plans and shop agreements.
Our team supports clients in all aspects of non-contentious employment law, from beginning to end of an employment relationship. We have expertise in restructuring of businesses and transfers of undertakings, redundancy processes, white-collar crime, service inventions and trade secrets, as well as post-termination restrictive covenants. Recently, we have also gained significant experience in assisting our clients regarding all aspects of COVID-19 related employment law measures and their implementation.
Our team of leading experts regularly assists employers with occupational pension issues comprising the contents and scope of employer pension obligations as well as pension issues arising from transfer of undertakings.
Employee benefit packages often include a company car, company housing, medical insurance, profit sharing or retirement benefits, to name just a few. We regularly assist employers in all employment related aspects of rewards and incentives – from drafting contracts to designing and implementing incentive frameworks.
Our team has extensive experience in creating employment contracts and reward packages that are designed to incentivize employees to meet business objectives, a pivotal part of recruiting, retaining and motivating employees. One special focus of our expertise is on drafting contracts with executives, covering issues like share plans and bonus rewards, confidentiality arrangements and trade secret protection, as well as pensions and post termination restrictive covenants.
Today’s workforce is increasingly international, and accordingly, companies are competing for talent on a global scale. Getting immigration right in this process is vital. From immigration issues for group employees to relocation of senior executives on a temporary or permanent basis, we provide a seamless service. The very process of obtaining the relevant approvals can be time-sensitive and stressful. We have the expertise to help clients reduce the risk of avoidable problems and provide a hands-on approach to any unexpected issues that may arise.
Data, as a product and tool, has become one of the most important keys to success for many businesses. A digital working environment, however, requires protection against misconduct and external attacks. We advise our clients in the full range of employment related data protection and privacy issues and assist in implementing modern technology in our clients’ working environment.
Finally, our experts support our clients in all employment related aspects of modern work, including the challenges arising from an industry 4.0 workplace, the participation in the gig-economy, the utilization of the opportunities offered by crowdsourcing as well as the possibilities of implementing algorithmic management.
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