+++++ Update June 29, 2021 +++++
On 30.6.2021, the home office requirement contained in the Infection Protection Act will end. However, the TiHo's safety and hygiene concept will continue to apply at the TiHo and thus mobile working will be possible until further notice, if your work permits it and your supervisor allows it. The current regulation on business trips also remains in place. This means: You can only go on a business trip if it is unavoidable.
+++++ Update May 5, 2021 +++++
According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, all persons working at universities are entitled to a vaccination with increased priority. The Corona Vaccination Ordinance contains the relevant passage under: CoronaImpfV as amended by Article 1 First Ordinance Amending the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance V. v. 29 April 2021 BAnz AT 30.04.2021, concerning universities: Article 1 No. 3b.
- Please take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated by your family doctor. You can also register at a vaccination center. The TiHo card with photo identifies you as an employee at the TiHo. If you need a written notice of employment at the TiHo, please contact the head of the institution.
- Another option for vaccination will be available to you, probably starting in June: A vaccination center for TiHo employees will be established at the Bünteweg campus by our company medical officer, Dr. Glüer. We will be able to provide you with more details in a timely manner.
- If you have already received a vaccination appointment, via your family doctor's care or via the waiting list at a vaccination center, please keep it so that no further delay occurs.
+++++ Update April 14, 2021 +++++
In order for face-to-face events to be possible for students, it is necessary to conduct citizen or self-testing. Currently, vaccinated students must also be tested. If new regulations are promulgated by the state or the Federal Ministry of Health, the rules will be adjusted accordingly.
For SS 2021, the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th semesters are required to take a free citizenship test weekly within a testing center or other qualified testing facilities, e.g., pharmacies, if students have face-to-face classes. (https://www.schnelltest-hannover.de/ or https://www.das-testzentrum.de/). In addition, self-testing may be required and provided by the college.
Proof of testing must be provided to the facilities in each case. Unfortunately, if this is not provided, participation in the course will not be possible. Students who are fully vaccinated and whose last COVID-19 vaccination was 15 days ago are excluded from the testing requirement.
All students have received an e-mail with the relevant explanations for their semester.
+++++ Update April 9, 2021 +++++
On April 12, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses students at universities in Germany. At the start of the summer semester under continuing pandemic conditions, he would like to reach as many students as possible digitally from the reopened Berlin State Library.
The address will be livestreamed from 11 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. on April 12. Afterwards, a recording will be available, optionally with German or English subtitles. https://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Berichte/DE/Frank-Walter-Steinmeier/2021/04/210412-Semesterbeginn.html
+++++ Update January 27, 2021 +++++
There are new specifications on the type of masks to be worn in the workplace. The specification states that either medical face masks or FFP2 masks must be worn in public areas.
The Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) has made use of its right arising from Section 18 (3) of the German Occupational Safety and Health Act (ArbSchG), according to which it may issue special legal ordinances on occupational safety and health for a limited period of time in epidemic situations of national significance pursuant to Section 5 (1) of the Infection Protection Act without the consent of the Bundesrat. The Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which has been in effect since January 27, 2021, includes the following:
- As an employer, we are obligated to offer home office, unless there are compelling operational reasons to the contrary. Employees are not required to use home office.
- Company-related meetings of several people are to be reduced to a minimum.
- In the facilities, work groups should be as small as possible and, if possible, work should be staggered.
- Employers must provide medical face masks or FFP2 masks for working at the facility if requirements for rooms or distance cannot be met for certain reasons.
The regulation is valid for a limited period until March 15, 2021.
We are already implementing a large part of the regulations (see SARS-CoV-2 safety and hygiene concept). If contact reduction is not possible, the affected employees are to be provided with medical surgical masks or FFP2 masks.
+++++ Update January 20, 2021 +++++
New regulation on children's sick pay decided
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.
+++++ Update December 15, 2020 +++++
Video message at the end of the year
TiHo President Dr. Gerhard Greif takes a short stock of the year and addresses you with a greeting at the end of the year.
You can watch the video message here.
+++++ Update November 23, 2020 +++++
for the winter semester 2020/21, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is again providing you with the ‚Überbrückungshilfe‘. If you are in a financial emergency due to the corona-pandemic, you can apply for the grant here. Please note that you must submit a separate application for each month.
+++++ Update September 4, 2020 +++++
Information for returning travelers:
If you are entering Germany from a risk area, you must enter a 14-day quarantine. If you can present a negative corona test (medical certificate), you are exempt from the quarantine obligation.