Tag Archive: sickness

Sick is sick

The Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) ruled on 2 November 2016 (docket number: 10 AZR 596/15) that an employee who is incapable of work for health reasons does not need to come into the office for a personnel meeting requested by the employer. In this case the employer called the sick employee into the office twice …

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Continued remuneration during outpatient care

On 25 May 2016 the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, docket number 5 AZR 298/15) ruled that employees on statutory insurance have a claim against their employer for continued remuneration during preventative outpatient care, if it is carried out with the approval of the social service provider in a facility for medical prevention or rehabilitation within …

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Only once is once too often

The Higher Labor Court Hesse (Landesarbeitsgericht Hessen) ruled on 23 March 2015 (ref. no. 16 Sa 646/14) that handing the employer an intentionally manipulated sick note can justify an extraordinary dismissal even if the employment relationship lasts for more than 23 years without significant misconduct. In this case the employee, a mother of 2 children …

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Minimum wage even for non-working time – a signal from the German Federal Labour Court

The new Minimum Wage Act (Mindestlohngesetz (MiLoG)) raises a number of questions including how to deal with lost working time due to public holidays, sick leave or annual leave. Does the employer need to pay the statutory minimum wage for such non-working time? It may take a while until the Federal Labour Court clarifies these …

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Alcoholism – the employee’s fault?

  Is an employee eligible for continued payment of remuneration when unable to work, when the inability to work arises from alcoholism? Generally, the German Continuation Payment of Salary Act (Entgeltfortzahlungsgesetz, EFZG) provides for continued payment of salary for a certain period if the employee is not able to work without fault, eg in case …

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Say cheese at the car wash – taking photos of ill employees

Taking pictures in public of an employee who is supposedly sick violates the employee’s general right of personality (Allgemeines Persönlichkeitsrecht, APR). However this violation can be justified by the employer’s interests. In the case at hand (docket number: 10 SaGa 3/13), the plaintiff was absent on sick leave when his immediate supervisor coincidentally ran into …

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Legislative reforms regarding family and medical leave imminent

On 1 January 2015, changes to the German Care Act (Pflegezeitgesetz, PflegeZG) and the German Family Care Act (Familienpflegezeitgesetz, FamPflG) will come into force. The new regulations aim to reconcile family care duties and work. Under the revised law, employees are entitled to work part-time in order to be able to care for sick relatives. …

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’tis the season – holiday parties and workplace accidents

Accidents during a holiday party at work may qualify as work accidents and thus be covered by statutory social accident insurance. However, this will be only be the case if the holiday party is in fact considered a work event and organised by the employer. Following a judgment by the German Federal Social Court (Bundessozialgericht, …

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I’ll just be sick then …!

An announcement of a sickness-based absence may not always justify a dismissal according to a judgment by the Higher Labour Court Cologne (Landesarbeitsgericht, LAG). Following judgments by the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG), the announcement of absence from work due to sickness may justify a dismissal if the employee asks for leave and threatens the …

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Extraordinary dismissal due to numerous short-term absences?

According to the jurisdiction of the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) many short-term sickness absences may justify the ordinary termination of an employment contract (judgment dated November 10, 2005, docket number: 2 AZR 44/05). However, what happens if an ordinary termination is excluded because of collective labour agreements? May the employer then issue an …

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