Katharina Schäffer


Katharina Schäffer advises German and international companies, managing directors and executives in all areas of individual and collective labour law.

Katharia Schäffer

Katharina Schäffer studied law at the Georg August University of Göttingen and the University of Copenhagen. During her studies, she focused on labor and social law and successfully participated in the moot court of the German Federal Labor Court. She worked as a research assistant at a boutique employment law firm in Hanover and in the employment law practice group of a renowned major international law firm in Frankfurt am Main.

During her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, Katharina Schäffer also specialized in employment and social law and completed stages at a renowned employment law firm in Frankfurt am Main, as well as in the Department of Occupational Health and Safety at the Regional Council. She worked for an international employment law firm for over a year before joining FUHLROTT ARBEITSRECHT. There, she advised and represented national and international companies in all areas of individual and collective labor law.

Katharina Schäffers work focuses on the consultation and representation of companies, including employment advice in reorganizations and restructurings. In addition to her client work, she is a lecturer in employment law at a Hamburg university.

Area of expertise

  • Ongoing labor law advice for companies, from agreed annual targets to terminations
  • Planning, support and implementation of operational change
  • Negotiations with work councils and drafting of collective working conditions
  • Drafting of individual employment contracts and personalized measures
  • Labor law litigation
  • Internal investigations
  • Employee data protection and privacy
  • Introduction of labor law compliance measures such as whistleblowers or ombudsmen
  • Employment law consulting for managers and protection against unwarranted dismissal
  • Advice for managing directors and executive bodies
  • Training courses and lectures


  • German Labor Court Association
  • Hamburg Bar Association (HAV)
  • German Bar Association (DAV) – Labor Law Committee


  • Wages for delayed acceptance and serious efforts to apply for a job – comment on judgment of LAG Berlin-Brandenburg of 30.9.2022, 6 Sa 280/22, ArbeitsrechtAktuell (ArbRAktuell) 2023, p. 214
  • Vacation without end: Forfeiture and statute of limitations – ArbeitsrechtAktuell (ArbRAktuell) 2023, p. 86
  • Default of acceptance after submission of a negative corona test – Judgement note on BAG of 10.8.2022, 5 AZR 154/22, Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht – RechtsprechungsReport (NZA-RR) 2022, p. 667
  • “Quiet Quitting”: Breach of duty or fulfillment of contract? – ArbeitsrechtAktuell (ArbRAktuell) 2022, p. 579
  • Overtime – compensation for overtime? – Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA) 2022, issue 9, p. 8
  • Subsequent performance claim to collectively agreed days off in the event of incapacity to work – comments on the judgment of the Federal Labor Court of February 23, 2022, 10 AZR 99/21, ArbeitsrechtAktuell (ArbRAktuell 2022), p. 312
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