Collective Agreements

Many employees in the Danish labour market are covered by collective agreements. Therefore, many companies will become acquainted with the, often, complicated rules of collective agreements.

NJORD Law Firm’s lawyers can guide your company safely through the challenges that may arise.

What is a collective agreement?

Traditionally, a collective agreement is defined as an agreement between on the one hand a union or another employee association, and on the other hand an employers’ organisation or a company.

A collective agreement may entail special rights on the employees, including the right to:

  • Minimum wage and bonus
  • Paid holiday and special holidays
  • Pay during special leave and maternity leave
  • Notice period and special termination processes
  • Special rules on compensation

At NJORD Law Firm, we have extensive experience in legal assistance in connection with collective agreements. We can assist you by creating an overview of your employees’ conditions. Our lawyers advise both on the rights resulting from a collective agreement and rights originating elsewhere.

Did you know that…

Your company can be covered by a collective agreement in several ways?

For example, if your company joins an employers’ organisation that has entered into a collective agreement with an employee association/a union.

However, your company can also be covered by the rules of a collective agreement, if you, in connection with a merger or acquisition, have acquired activities and employees, who were covered by a collective agreement, and you have not used the opportunity to renounce the collective agreement pursuant to the Danish Act on Employees’ Rights in the event of Transfers of Undertakings.

Collective agreements: How can we help?

NJORD law Firm offers legal advice in connection with all challenges concerning collective agreements. We can ensure that your company is aware of the rules of the collective agreement in question. Additionally, we advise on and assist with the following:

  • Negotiation of collective agreements
  • Drafting of local agreements and company-level collective agreements
  • Entering into collective agreements
  • Cases, where your company is met by collective bargaining demands
  • Disputes regarding the interpretation of collective agreements
  • Breach of collective agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions and collective agreements

“The ‘proactive, friendly and exceptionally professional’ group at NJORD Law Firm focuses on employment litigation, agreements, incentive schemes and data protection matters. Miriam Michaelsen leads the practice and is an expert in handling contracts, disputes and negotiations with unions; and Lars Lokdam specialises in transactional issues.”

Legal 500, 2019
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