Melina Peer is a Junior Associate at our firm, specializing in labour and employment law.

Melina Peer advises on all aspects of labour and employment law. She specializes in contentious as well as non-contentious matters, pension law and industrial relations law. She also represents clients before the Austrian courts.

Melina graduated from the University of Vienna in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked at Austrian courts and interned with various law firms. During her studies, she has gained professional experience as a student assistant at the University of Vienna (Department of Civil Procedure, Department of Labour and Social Security Law).

Melina works in English (fluent) and German (native).

Highlights of Melina’s work include:

  • Assisting an international animal welfare organisation with regard to all their Austrian employment law matters.

  • Assisting a leading Spanish producer of sanitary ceramics with a strong position in Switzerland and Austria in restructuring their Austrian entity. Advising the company on all employment matters, conducting negotiations with the trade unions and the works council on a social plan, preparation of notices of termination and planning of overall reduction in force.

  • Supporting a leading German multinational home improvement supplies retailing company in all employment related matters, including assistance in drawing-up a data-protection law compliant HR system and its implementation, in line with the respective requirements under Austrian employment law, for about 3,500 employees in Austria.
    Assisting the company in defending their current working time schemes against claims of numerous employees and the works council for introduction of a 4-day working week, based on the newly introduced collective bargaining agreement.
    Representing the company in court proceedings against one of its former employees claiming re-instatement of her employment based on allegedly socially unfair notice of termination and discriminatory treatment in connection with employment termination (Austrian courts).

  • Assisting a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company with all their day-to-day employment law issues.
    Representing the company against a former employee in a court proceeding (Austrian courts).
    Assisting the company with issues involving parental part time arrangements and works-council members, including the adjustment of their contractual roles within the entity.
    Supporting the company to duly conduct their works council elections in 2020 during the COVID pandemic.

  • Supporting a Finish elevator and escalator engineering company with regard to contractual agreements with members of the board of its Austrian subsidiary.

  • Representation of a UK financial service company against a former employee in the court proceedings on damage claims (Austrian courts).

  • Ongoing employment law support of the Austrian subsidiary of an international auditing company, including the amendment of the working time scheme, the termination of employment relationship and the representation in court against former employees.

  • Assisting Japanese owned Austrian manufacturer of fine bubble aeration systems in launching their new working time and flexi-time schemes.
    Supporting the client in defending the implementation of a surveillance system against the claims of the works council.

  • Assisting a German airline specialized in charter and medical repatriation flights with regard to contractual relationship with their pilots and medical crew.

  • Representation of an Austrian building services engineering company in two court procedures initiated by a former employee, challenging the notice of termination due to his status as a disabled person.

Are you interested in specific aspects of Melina’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Junior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria (since 2020)
  • Associate, zeiler.partners, Vienna/Austria (2018-2020)
  • Court Clerkship, Lower Austria and Vienna/Austria (2018)
  • Internship at the Austrian Administrative Court, Vienna/Austria (2017)
  • Internship at the Austrian Economic Chambers, Brussels/Belgium (2017)
  • Student Assistant at the Department of Civil Procedure, University of Vienna  (2016-2017)
  • Student Assistant at the Department of Labour Law and Law of Social Security Law, University of Vienna (2015-2016)

Education

  • Magister Iuris, University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (2016)