Expat Or Local? What German Employees Must Know When Coming To Work In The U.S. (Parts 1 & 2)

Employment attorney Wendi S. Lazar, with Ian M. Maywald, German American Trade, Volume 18, Number 9, November 2007. Discussion of possible terms of employment contracts for German workers coming to work in the U.S.

Most German employees who come to work in the U.S. are either transferred from a U.S. or foreign corporation on temporary assignment (“expatriates”) or are here in the U.S. seeking new employment (“locals”). In both of these situations knowing the differences between German and U.S. employment law is important. These differences are significant and working with an employment attorney to memorialize the relationship into a binding and explicit agreement is critical for job security and asset protection for these employees and their families.


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