Can we adjust paid time off (PTO)?
For employees who work a 5-day work week, there is a minimum entitlement of 20 days per year. Therefore, this cannot be lowered. Higher amounts of leave (25 to 30 days) are usually provided by Germany employers. Unlimited PTO can be accommodated.
Please note that any change would require an addendum signed by the employee.
Can we adjust working hours?
Yes, you can.
Can we remove the notice period?
Even though we highly discourage removing the notice period, we can accommodate this on a case-by-case basis.
Can we remove or increase the probationary period?
A probationary period may not be longer than six (6) months. We highly recommend the standard six-month probationary period. In Germany, this length is typical.
The probationary period can be removed, however, we do not recommend a probationary period of less than one (1) month.
Can we add commissions, bonuses, or ad hoc payroll items?
Yes, including sign-on bonuses.
How can we offer equity or stocks to our supported employees?
In Germany, we offer the option of issuing equity as either “nonemployee” or “employee” grants. Two conditions apply:
- For equity issued as “nonemployee” grants, we do not facilitate withholding and payroll reporting unless the award is cash settled.
- For equity issued as “employee” grants, we do facilitate withholding and payroll reporting
How can we offer equity without signing a direct agreement between our supported employee and us?
We require you to directly issue the grant notice (i.e., side agreement) to your supported employee. This side agreement should not include any language that indicates a direct employer or employee relationship between you and your supported employee.