Hans Georg Laimer is revered for his “in-depth knowledge of labour law” and his “client-oriented and highly professional approach in and out of court”.
Hans Laimer is a founding partner of zeiler.partners, an Austrian dispute resolution boutique firm focusing on employment law, international commercial and investment arbitration and commercial litigation. Before setting up his own firm, Hans headed the international employment practice of a leading full-service law firm in Central Europe.
Hans regularly speaks at national and international conferences on labour and employment law-related topics and publishes in his field. He is a lecturer on HR issues at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna. He is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Mag iur, 2000, Dr iur, 2002) and the London School of Economics (LLM labour law, 2003). He is fluent in English and German.
Hans heads the five-strong team of dedicated employment law specialists at zeiler.partners. The team supports employers in all aspects of individual and collective employment law, from the beginning of an employment relationship to its termination. The practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious matters, and the client base ranges from small firms to listed multinational companies across all sectors. Hans’ expertise includes, among others, advice on restructuring of businesses and transfers of undertakings (including expert M&A employment support); white-collar crime; post-termination non-compete covenants and their enforcement; data protection; maternity and paternity issues (including parental leave and parental part-time arrangements); service inventions; and post-termination restrictive covenants.
He regularly assists employers in all employment aspects of rewards and incentives – from drafting employment/management contracts, ensuring that the contracts and reward packages offered to employees are designed to incentivise employees in line with the business objectives, to providing tax-friendly settlement agreements. Together with his clients, Hans develops industrial relations strategies and defends employers against claims by works council members. He frequently supports his clients in drafting and amending shop agreements, and advises his clients on the relevant issues against trade unions and works councils, and against work council members.
Hans’ expertise further extends to occupational pension issues including, among other things, the effect of employment termination on pensions; the amendment of pension terms; the contents and scope of employer pension obligations; pension issues arising in the wake of transfer of undertakings; and maternity and paternity leave.
Being a seasoned litigator, Hans has successfully defended employers before employment tribunals in unfair dismissal claims and numerous discrimination cases, as well as in connection with requests for reinstatement and wage-and-hour cases. Additionally, he has abundant experience in representing clients in relation to employment tribunal litigation on works council elections; transfer of undertakings and their influence on works councils; and on conciliation board litigation, as well as social plans and shop agreements.
With his close to two decades of experience in the field, he has advised clients on designing their industrial relations strategy; defending claims by works council members regarding detrimental treatment or dismissal on the grounds of their status; drafting and amending shop agreements and collective bargaining agreements; and establishing national (and group/European) works councils.