Germany’s modern thinking on work councils
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Bundestag in Berlin
Bjorn G
Björn Gaul is a partner at CMS Germany and a professor at the University of Cologne specialising in labour and employment law
Victoria Kaule
Victoria Kaule is a senior associate at CMS Germany specialising in labour and employment law


In Germany, the Works Council Modernization Act entered into force on 18 June 2021. The Act is supposed to update the Works Constitution Act and adjust it to the needs of digitalisation and new working methods. However, a closer look at the Act reveals that it raises a lot of questions and modernises only to a limited extent.

Works council elections