What is the new regulation on children's sick pay?
The federal government has decided to provide more children's sick days in 2021 as well. The entitlement is to apply retroactively from January 5, 2021.
- Parent couples ten additional days per parent and child (previously ten), i.e. 20 days for 2021
- Single parents 20 additional days per child (previously 20), i.e. 40 days for 2021
- Couples and single parents with two children can apply for a maximum of 80 days
- If there are more than two children, the entitlement increases to a maximum of 90 days per parent or single parent.
With the special provision for 2021, parents are also eligible if the child must be cared for at home due to the pandemic because
- schools or daycare centers are closed
- the child has to be quarantined,
- compulsory attendance is suspended,
- parents are required to care for their child at home.
If your child is sick, you still need the so-called children's sick certificate, which you as parents receive from your pediatrician. The familiar procedure applies here.
If your child has to be cared for at home due to the pandemic, you can apply directly to your health insurance provider. We do not yet have any reliable information about the procedure planned there. The health insurers may require you to submit a certificate from the daycare center or school in order to apply for children's health benefits. The Federal Government is currently in discussion with the health insurance funds on the concrete implementation and application of this regulation. The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs is working to make implementation as simple as possible for parents and institutions. As an employer, please notify the university of your claim for children's sick pay due to a pandemic-related childcare emergency using the following form. Eligible parents are legally insured working parents who are themselves eligible for sick pay and whose child is younger than twelve (or dependent on assistance due to a disability) and is legally insured.
How do I get a certificate for the entitlement to emergency care (of my own child(ren))?
Employees of the clinics and the RIZ have the option of obtaining a certificate of "systemically relevant employment" if they perform duties as veterinary surgeons, veterinary assistants or animal caretakers or if they are needed to directly ensure the operation of these areas.
All other employees receive on application a certificate of their employment with the TiHo as a public corporation, if necessary with the addition of mobile working possible or not possible.
If you need one of these certificates, please contact your responsible personnel officer.
How do I combine my work and the supervision of my child(ren)?
There are different possibilities for TiHo employees to arrange work and care for their own child:
- If the workplace makes it possible, mobile work can be done and thus the work can be done flexibly during the day. Telephone availability during core working hours is required.
- It is possible to reduce flexitime hours or remaining leave.
- If these two variants are not possible, up to three days' leave of absence from work can be granted in excess of the standard rate for the care of children up to the age of 14. These days do not necessarily have to be taken in one go; it is also possible to grant leave on a daily or hourly basis. A corresponding application must be submitted to the Personnel Department.
- If all these possibilities are exhausted, minus hours can be built up after consultation with superiors: Full-time employees up to 80 minus hours, part-time employees accordingly less. These hours must be worked up at a later date.
- A further possibility is free time off work in accordance with the Infection Protection Act.
- In addition, there is the possibility to reduce the working hours for a limited period or to apply for special leave with loss of remuneration due to the exceptional situation.
If you have any questions or if you want to make use of one of the possibilities described above, please contact your personnel administrat.
Could I work from home?
If your work allows you to do it from home and your superiors order it, mobile working is possible. Mobile working also requires that you can be reached by telephone and e-mail during core working hours from 9:00 to 15:30 (or the times fixed by your institute).
From when do I have to present a medical certificate in case of incapacity to work?
The obligation to present a medical certificate in the event of incapacity to work is again governed by the statutory regulation (presentation of a medical certificate after the 3rd calendar day of incapacity to work), unless otherwise regulated individually.
May I travel (abroad) on business?
We ask you to avoid business trips, especially abroad, if possible and to use the possibility of video or telephone conferences. If a business trip is unavoidable, please give reasons for this in your – in time applied – business trip application.
If you are going on a business trip, you can use your private vehicle until further notice without further justification.
I'm on holiday and going abroad. Do I have to go into 10-day quarantine after a stay abroad?
A quarantine is ordered if you enter Germany from a risk area, that means a country with currently 50 or more cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants. The RKI's country list provides orientation. Whether or not you have to go into quarantine depends on the level of infection on the day you enter Germany. In addition, after entering the country from a foreign risk area, you must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de.
If you have to be quarantined on your return, please contact your supervisor by telephone or e-mail. Together you will clarify whether during the 10 days you will work in the home office or whether the time is covered by holidays or flexitime.
Persons who are in quarantine are not allowed to enter the TiHo buildings! Exempt from the quarantine obligation is anyone who can present a negative corona test (medical certificate). Current information about the regulations for travel returnees in Lower Saxony can be found here.
Continued payment of salary and wages:
If your destination is a high-risk country before you start your trip, you must bridge a 10-day quarantine period with rest holidays or flexitime hours or work in the home office. If this is not possible, you will lose your entitlement to payment of your salary or wages for this period. If your destination is declared a risk country during your stay, you are still entitled to payment of your salary or wages.