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Dr. Tilman Isenhardt

Certified Employment Law Specialist

michels.pmks Köln

“Advice to the point – reaching your goal with assertiveness, perseverance and tact.”

Dr. Tilman Isenhardt is a Certified Employment Law Specialist and works as a partner in the firm out of the Cologne office.

Working together with clients to penetrate problems, identify creative solutions and implement them successfully: This is what has driven Dr. Isenhardt since he began practicing law in 2008, advising companies, municipalities, executives and works councils. He is distinguished by his ability to recognize the rapidly changing needs of his clients as a result of increasing digitalization and to align his advice accordingly. For example, he recently successfully assisted clients from the online retail sector with the agile transformation of their work processes and their implementation under employment law. Another focus of his advisory work is working time legislation, in particular the design of future-oriented flexible working time models.

  • Since January 2017: Equity Partner bei michels.pmks Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB
  • Since January 2016: Lawyer at michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
  • 2017 – 2019: Legal clerkship (Regional court district of Aachen) inter alia at KGK Rechtsanwälte in COlogne and Regional Labour Court of Cologne
  • 2015 – 2019: Employee legal department  at CMS Consulting GmbH & Co. KG
  • Litigation
  • Continuous advice to companies on individual and collective cases
  • Unfair Dismissal cases
  • Drafting of employment and management contracts
  • Representation of Employees
  • German Bar Association (DAV)
  • Cologne Bar Association (KAV)
  • “Dealing with Social Media in the Workplace,” in Working 4.0 in Corporate Practice – Labour Law Challenges and Opportunities, pp. 106-123, 1st edition 2020, HUSS Medien GmbH Verlag
  • “Beware of digital sick notes,” in, on March 31, 2019
  • “Better to deliver notice by messenger?”, in Landschaft Bauen und Gestalten 2/2019, pp. 12-13.
  • The Flexible Workplace in the Gig Economy, 2019 National CLE Conference – Labour & Employment.
  • “Sick leave via WhatsApp: practical and problematic,” in Legal Tribune Online, on Jan. 15, 2019
  • GDPR: Practical tips for (new) data protection
  • Personnel data in the company – (not) an internal matter?, Update Temporary Employment – Compact Seminar.
  • Paying attention to data protection in the recruitment process in: Winning the Best – Modern Personnel Recruitment as a Success Factor for Top Companies, Haufe 1st edition 2018.
  • Reemployment, Beck Online 23rd ed.
  • “Data Protection in the Cultural Sector,” in Handbook of Cultural Management, ed. by Prof. Dr. Gereon Röckrath et al, DUZ Verlags- und Medienhaus GmbH, Berlin, 2018
  • “Delivery of a notice of termination by messenger – Are there data protection concerns?” ArbRB blog post, Nov. 30, 2018, available at:
  • “More flexible working hours would be possible” in NJW-aktuell, 44/2018, p. 19, together with Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen
  • “Winning the Best – Modern Personnel Recruitment as a Success Factor for Top Companies,” ed. by Arne Prieß, Ivana Hilgers, Ewald Manz, Jan Peter Schiller et al. Haufe, 2018 (published October 2018)
  • “Please quite friendly! – Fotografieren auf Betriebsfeiern”, in: Der Betrieb (DB) 2018, Heft 9, M 41 ff., together with Dr. Isabel Meyer-Michaelis LL.M.
  • “Adapt or leave it alone?”, in: personalmagazin issue 08/18, pp. 88-91
  • “Data Protection in Temporary Employment”, in: special edition of personalmagazin’s practical guide to data protection law Heft 05/18, pp. 5-11
  • ” Labor Law Aspects of Social Media” in Working 4.0 – Labor Law and Data Protection in the Digitalized World of Work, ed. Nicolai Besgen, Thomas Prinz, DeutscherAnwaltVerlag, updated edition expected to appear in early 2018
  • “Re-employment,” co-author in Minn/Stück/Braun (eds.), Beck Online-Kommentar – Personal-Lexikon, 2017
  • ” Reinstatement claim,” co-author in Grobys/Panzer (eds.), StichwortKommentar Arbeitsrecht, 3rd ed. 2017
  • “Digitalization – a technical challenge for the right of co-determination under Section 87 (1) No. 6 BetrVG”, in: BetriebsBerater, issue 36/2017, p. 2105-2109
  • Facebook appearances are subject to works council co-determination rights, BVAU News Issue 3/2017.
  • Working 4.0: Big Data analyses in human resources, in DER BETRIEB, 2016, Herft 51-52, pp. 3042-3049
  • “Co-determination in the family business” in: Handbook of Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Families – Design Practice in Civil, Corporate and Tax Law”, 1st edition 2016, Schäffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart 2016, Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen/Jan Peter Schiller.
  • “Co-determination in Family Businesses,” in Handbook of Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Families, Wolf-Georg Freiherr von Rechenberg/Angelika Thies/Heiko Wiechers (eds.), 1st ed. 2016, pp. 185-206.
  • “Securing Smart Data Treasure,” in BankInformation 2016, issue 02/16, pp. 72 – 75.
  • – “Workplace co-determination,” in Group Labour Law, Braun/Wisskirchen Handbook, 1st ed. 2015, pp. 499-517
  • – “Bring Your Own Device,” in Der Betrieb 2015, issue 20, pp. 1163 – 1168
  • 14.03.2019, Arbeits- steuer- und sozialversicherungsrechtlichen Aspekte von Arbeit im Homeoffice, Webinar dpr deutscher publishing report
  • 26.01.2017, LPVG NRW – Ein Überblick für den Praktiker, Seminar Kölner Anwaltverein

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