Othmar K. Traber

Lawyer | Specialist Lawyer for Labour Law | Partner


28203 Bremen
Contrescarpe 21
Telephone +49 (421) 33 34-223
Telefax +49 (421) 33 34-111

Fields of Law
About me

Othmar Traber studied law in Bonn and was previously head of the legal department at an employers’ association in Berlin, before joining the firm’s practice group to focus on Employment Law. Mr. Traber advises companies on all aspects of Employment Law, particularly on collective issues. A large part of his consultancy activity focuses on Maritime Labour Law and in cross-border projects – in the case of M & A processes or the posting of workers, for example. Mr. Traber frequently renders advice to CEOs and senior executives, and is a regular lecturer for associations and companies and an experienced litigator, representing state corporations in matters of public liability. He became a partner of the firm in 2014.


European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)

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  • Damages for overtime work exceeding rules of the Working Time Directive can be subject to preclusive periods, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 4, 2019, S. 264 ff.
  • Consideration of preemployment as a freelancer in terms of checking fixed-term contracts by courts, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 2, 2019, S. 90 ff.
  • Continued application of church labour law for secular employer after transfer of undertakings by means of a dynamic referral clause, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 3, 2018
  • Greek austerity bills do not apply to Greek citizens employed in Germany, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 4, 2017, S. 229 ff.
  • What are the consequences for vacation entitlement where the number of working days changes during the year?, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 3, 2017, S. 163 ff.
  • German shipping company wins lawsuit over illegal Union boycott, Ship Management International, Heft 65, 2017, S. 49
  • Brexit: Unforeseen Consequences for forwarders and hauliers in France and Germany?, Transport Monthly Heft 6, 2016 (mit Dominic Ward)
  • German minimum wage and ramifications for the UK transport industry, Transport Monthly Heft 5, 2016, S. 30
  • Haftung des Betriebsrats-Anwalts, FA 2008, S. 40-43
  • Projektbefristung und Prognoseentscheidung, FA (Fachanwalt Arbeitsrecht, Verlag Luchterhand) 2005, S. 363-366


  • Liability of overseas co-workers for whistleblowing detriment, Anm. zu Court of Appeal (UK), Urteil v. 5.5.2019, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 3, 2019, S. 216 f.
  • Failing to enhance pay for shared parental leave to the level of maternity pay is not sex discrimination, Anm. zu Court of Appeal (UK), Urteil v. 24.5.2019, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 3, 2019, S. 190.
  • Supreme Court applies Max Planck and Kreuziger judgments, Anm. zu Lettisches Verfassungsgericht, Urteil v. 29.3.2019, European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 2, 2019, S. 106 ff.
  • Anwendbarkeit des MiLoG auf ausländische Fuhrunternehmer, Anm. zu FG Berlin-Brandenburg, Beschluss v. 7.2.2018, 1 V 1175/17, TranspR Heft 7-8, 2018, S. 322 f.
  • Transfer of undertakings, Anm. zu EuGH, Urteil v. 27.4.2017, C-680/15 (Asklepios Kliniken), European Employment Law Cases (EELC) Heft 2, 2017, S. 106 ff.
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