Severance Pay Calculator for Germany

  • Find out your potential amount of severance pay
  • Learn how to get a fair severance payment in Germany
  • Find out how Abfindungshero and our partner law firms can help you optimize your severance pay

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What you need to know about fair severance pay in Germany

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Do you always have a right for severance pay in Germany?

When your services are no longer needed by your employer, you will very often get a severance payment (“Abfindung“). Even though there is no general statutory right to severance pay in Germany. But when an employment relationship is this country is terminated, an employee still receives a severance payment most of the time. Most employers agree to pay “something”, even if there is no 100% clear legal case for a severance payment.

How much would that be?

Well – depends. The amount of severance payment to be paid by the employer in the event of termination depends on many factors – and is of course also the result of negotiations. There are three factors ​​that are most relevant for the expected amount of a severance payment. These are:

  • Type, effectiveness and grounds of the termination. This drives the multiple” (generally between 0.5 and 1.2, in somes cases even higher and highly depending on your individual case.
  • Length of service: How many years have you been employed at your company
  • Last wage: Including bonuses and other variable elements
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Will you need a lawyer?

Especially if the termination is not “justified” (happens a lot!), you should consider having a specialized employment lawyer negotiate your severance payment. He (or she) will get you the fair amount of severance pay. To do so, a formal complaint against unfair dismissal to the labour court may be required.
Finding the right lawyer can be tough. Platforms like AbfindungsHero can help.
One thing, however, is super important! You need to act within 3 weeks after receiving your termination to have chances of severance pay. You can find a severance pay calculator for a first estimate here:

How Abfindungshero and our partner law firms can help you

Finding the right lawyer can be tough. Our partner law firms are all labor law experts. And the AbfindungsHero-team will connect you with a lawyer that suits your needs (e.g. English spoken). Get in toch by using our severance pay calculator:

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