Questions relating to employment law

1. Are specific regulations in place regarding the entitlement to annual leave for 2020?

The existing leave regulations continue to apply. Leave for 2020 will expire on 31 March 2022.

However, annual leave serves the purposes of recreation and keeping up productivity and should, therefore, usually be taken in the year it is granted for.

2. What must be taken into consideration with regard to quarantine requirements in the context of holiday travel?

If you are planning any personal travel abroad, please check whether your destination is classified as a high-risk area beforehand. The Corona Entry Ordinance still stipulates that residential quarantine is obligatory upon returning from certain countries.

If you are subject to quarantine upon returning from a stay abroad and this fact was known when you left Germany, you may not be entitled to receive your wage/salary for this period. Therefore, please consult with your line manager whether you will be able to work from home for the duration of your quarantine before you travel. Alternatively, please request approval for two additional weeks of leave immediately after your return from a high-risk area or permission to take time off in lieu if you have worked extra hours. Information on the designation of international risk areas (including the list of risk areas) provided by the Robert Koch Institute

3. What must be done if the local health authority has imposed a quarantine?

If the responsible health authority has imposed quarantine on you, you are obliged to comply with its quarantine requirements.

Submit the written order that the health authority issued to you to the Human Resources Department immediately. You can scan or take a picture of the order, for example, and e-mail it to: personaldezernat@uni-due.de.

In addition, please inform you line manager immediately.

Staff employed at UDE under a collective agreement will continue to receive their wages (as is the case with sick leave, payments will be made for a maximum of six weeks) and civil servants will receive their salary.

4. What must be done if the local health authority has recommended (not imposed) a quarantine?

You must not enter UDE facilities and premises for the duration of the quarantine recommended by the health authority.

Please contact the Human Resources Department via personaldezernat@uni-due.de and your line manager by all means and inform them about the recommendations and measures taken by the health authority.

5. Is mobile working possible in cases of recommended or imposed quarantine?

If a quarantine has been imposed on you but you do not have any symptoms, you can work from home. Please discuss which tasks you can and are expected to fulfil directly with your line manager. Even in cases of recommended quarantine, the following applies: the individuals in question must not enter UDE facilities and premises for the duration of the quarantine recommended by the health authority. If you are not ill and unfit for work, you are generally obliged to work. Please consult with your line manager whether mobile work is possible and which tasks can be fulfilled from home.

6. What is the procedure for cases where staff report symptoms themselves (suspected cases)?

At UDE, individuals who are tested for COVID-19 infection because they have symptoms but who did not (knowingly) have contact with any confirmed COVID-19 cases are treated like confirmed COVID-19 cases until the test result is available as a matter of precaution.

Beyond that, V. 5 and V. 6 apply accordingly.

7. What applies to individuals who share a household with confirmed infection cases or their immediate contacts?

In some cases, quarantine orders and recommendations only apply to individual members of a common household.

At UDE, persons who share a household with an individual who has been issued a quarantine order or recommendation are treated like first-degree contacts as a precaution.

Please contact the Human Resources Department via personaldezernat@uni-due.de and your line manager and inform them whether and, if so, which measures and recommendations the health authority has taken and issued with regard to yourself.

Beyond that, V. 5, V. 6 and IV. 5 apply accordingly.

8. What is to be done if individuals are at a higher risk for a severe course of COVID-19?

Especially individuals suffering from the underlying conditions listed below are generally at a higher risk for a severe course of the disease (COVID-19) in case of infection with the coronavirus irrespective of their age:

Cardiovascular diseases (e.g. coronary heart diseases, high blood pressure), pulmonary conditions (e.g. COPD, bronchial asthma), chronic liver diseases, kidney diseases, oncological diseases, diabetes mellitus, weakened immune system (e.g. due to an illness entailing immunodeficiency or as a result of regular intake of medication that may affect or weaken your immune defence. e.g. cortisone)

A leaflet by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) provides information as to who belongs in this group (only available in German).

If you have not yet done so in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, please contact your physician first to obtain confirmation that you are at a higher risk. A simple medical certificate that should only include a statement that you have an increased risk for a severe course of COVID-19 is sufficient. This certificate is explicitly not to include any diagnoses or any other information that allows any inferences about exisiting conditions.

As a rule, you are obliged to continue working. UDE continues to make every effort to accommodate all affected members of staff and give them priority for permissions to work from home. As usual, please consult with your line manger directly which tasks you can and are expected to fulfil.

9. What applies to individuals who care for family members with a higher risk for a severe course of COVID-19?

Please submit a simple medical certificate that should only include a statement that a family member who lives in your household has an increased risk for a severe course of COVID-19 to the Human Resources Department. This certificate is explicitly not to include any diagnoses or any other information that allows any inferences about exisiting conditions.

As a rule, you are obliged to continue working. UDE continues to make every effort to accommodate all affected members of staff and give them priority for permissions to work from home. As usual, please consult with your line manger directly which tasks you can and are expected to fulfil.