The standard text employment contract consists of three parts:

  • the introductory notes on the use of the standard employment contract, which should be read in advance to ensure comprehension,
  • the employment contract
  • and the data protection information sheet

The standard document employment contract as well as the instructions for use and the information on data protection do not claim to be complete and do not constitute legal or tax advice or can replace such advice.

Neither the German Standards Setting Institute nor its associates or the members of the preparatory working group or the law firms or companies to which the members of the working group belong or which they represent shall be liable for the accuracy and/or completeness of the documents provided.

The members of the working group on employment contracts can be found here.

Download standard text employment contracts (English)
Instructions for use of standard employment contract (PDF)
Employment contract (Word-Doc)
Data protection information sheet, attachment to employment contract (Word-Doc)

Updated (Version 2.1) on 12 July 2022

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